Lois Roberts Foley
Virginia Beach - Lois Roberts Foley, 96, of Virginia Beach, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at home.
One of seven children, Lois was born in Williamsfield, Ohio on March 19, 1917, to Daisy E. Hodgson and Joseph P. Roberts and was raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College in 1938. While at Berea she met her future husband, Lemley P. Foley. They married in the Duke University Chapel in 1940 as Lemley finished seminary and they immediately entered ministry in the Virginia Conference. Lois served as an elementary public school teacher until the 1960s. She then continued her education at Old Dominion University where she earned her Masters of Library Sciences degree and returned to the public school system as a librarian. After 38 years in the ministry, they returned to Norfolk, VA and Fairmount Park United Methodist Church. Their ministry continued after retirement through their work for the Lydia H. Roper Home.
Lois spent her life in the service of the church. Always involved in Methodist causes, she served as the President of her church's United Methodist Women's Unit for many years. She regularly taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. Her daughter and son-in-law welcomed her into their home in 2000 and during her last years they began attending Heritage United Methodist Church.
Lois is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Charles McNeff of Virginia Beach; son, Richard Foley of Ivor, Virginia; granddaughter, Zia Foley currently living in Istanbul, Turkey; sister, Grace Scott of Denver, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her: husband, Lemley; son, Robert W. Foley of Vancouver, British Columbia; and five older siblings, Gladys, Gilbert, Beth, Milburn and Elwood.
A memorial service will be held for Lois this Saturday, June 29, at 3:00 pm at Heritage United Methodist Church, 815 Baker Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Rev. Kathleen W. Haynes will officiate. There will be a reception immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heritage United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach; Fairmount Park United Methodist Church, Norfolk or Berea College, Berea Kentucky.
Caring, loving, and devoted to her family, friends and faith, she was an inspiration. Her laugh, her smile, her words will resound in our minds and hearts forever.