Lois died peacefully of natural causes in Santa Ana, California, on September 29, 2013. Born on December 23, 1922, to Adolf and Edna Prange in Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas, she was the fourth of nine children and the Prange's first girl. She lived with her family in Arkansas until 1940 when she moved to Culver City, California. There Lois met and married Francis DeLand, and together they had four children, Michael, Ruth, Paul and Joyce. They moved to San Diego in 1951.
After Francis passed away in 1962, Lois became interested in early childhood education. She became an accredited pre-school educator through a program at Pacific Oaks College. Over a 20 year period Lois started and directed two pre-schools. She maintained a special love for young children and was always an advocate for them.
In 1990 Lois married Einer May, and they enjoyed their golden years together. They lived in Poway where they continued to enjoy travel, family, and friends and were active in their church. In 1998 they moved to Hemet. In 2005, they established residence in Orange at Park Plaza, a senior-residential community where they benefited from a caring living environment. Lois enjoyed her new friends and her daily walks. For her last nine months Lois lived in Santa Ana in a Guardian Angels Home where she received personal and loving care from staff members, Susan and Chito Gonzalez, and her sister-in-law, Barbara Prange.
Lois was predeceased by her parents; four of her brothers, Richard, James, Joseph and David Prange; her two husbands, Francis DeLand and Einer May; and her stepson, Michael May. She is survived by her four children, Michael (Jane) DeLand, Ruth (Bill) Schmitz, Paul (Sara) DeLand and Joyce (Kerry) Klostermann; her stepchildren, Alberta Allen, Susan Meshke, Sylvia (Monte) Nance and Mark (Marcia) May; siblings, Ruth DeLand, Charles (JoAnn) Prange, Bettye (Don) Howard, and Hal (Barbara) Prange; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 10 am at St John Lutheran Church, 154 S. Shaffer St., Orange, CA. A graveside service will follow immediately at the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ability First/Camp Paivika, 1668 Grasscreek Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773 in support of Lois' niece Katie, a special needs individual who has held a special place in Lois' heart since she was a child.