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February 12, 2013

Lois was born on April 18, 1927, in Hemlock, Michigan to Roy Minto and Flossie Stryker Minto. Her mother died shortly thereafter. Lois was reared by loving parents Bessie Wood Reimer and Wesley Reimer in Battle Creek, Michigan. After graduating high school in 1945, and surviving a bout of Polio, Lois attended beauty school and worked briefly as a hairdresser. In 1947, Lois met John Borgman, son of George and Alice Borgman. They married in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 10, 1949. Daughter Martha (Allen Niceley) was born in 1950 and Nancy (Borgman McGruther) was born in 1954.

After moving to the Washington, DC area in 1955 where Jack began work with the Central Intelligence Agency, Lois became a full-time home-maker. World travel began in 1958 when the family moved to Taiwan, where son John was born in 1959. The family also lived in Japan, Hong Kong and Sweden over the next two decades. Lois served the Agency as a photographer and technical services aide in Japan and Hong Kong. She was the medical clinic office manager in Taiwan. When Jack served a tour in Vietnam, Lois and the children remained in Hong Kong.

Lois and Jack returned to the US for good 1978, residing in Annandale, Virginia until 1988. After several vacations in the Sunshine State, Lois and Jack retired to North Fort Myers, Florida. Lois and Jack enjoyed 63 years, 5 months of marriage, celebrating their 50th anniversary with a trip to Paris, Amsterdam and Stockholm.

Lois loved gardening, playing card games, quilting, reading, and entertaining her extended family. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ft. Myers. Her large, warm family includes 6 grandchildren: Jennifer, Charlie, Niki, John Erik, Stephen and Lauren. Her great-grandchildren are Colten, Jackson, Sydney, Caleb, Michelle, Megan and Samantha. She is also survived by her beloved husband, Jack, as well as by her sister, Louise Kennedy, sister-in-law Beverley Harris, sons-in-law Randy McGruther and Baird Niceley, and daughter-in law Chris Brown Borgman. Also, Tara Jernigan Allen, her granddaughter-in-law, grandsons-in-law Troy Smith and Josh Bouge, nieces Pat Rathbun and Jean Gibson, nephew John Sawaya, their families, and numerous others.

Lois will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please support Hope Hospice of Lee County.

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 23, 2013
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