Lois Walker Grover, 86, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Gresham, Ore., at the home of her daughter, Beverly.
She was born May 9, 1927, the first child born to Ray Willis Walker and Mabel Ovard Walker. Lois grew up helping her father on the farm and had a deep love for all animals. She also learned how to work hard very early in life. Lois graduated from Madison High School and Ricks College with an education degree June 1, 1947.
On June 3, 1947, Lois married her eternal sweetheart, Dean R Grover, in the Idaho Falls Temple. Together they owned and operated Grover's Dairy from 1947 until 1954. Then they built and operated Grover's Drive Inn from 1954 until 1964.
Lois worked at the post office as a mail carrier for 18 years. She also worked at Madison Memorial Hospital and tested milk for the USDA.
Lois loved genealogy and spent many hours compiling information for temple work. She was president of the Walker Family Organization for many years and helped publish the Thomas Grover Book.
Lois was a member of the LDS church and served in the Primary, Young Women's and Relief Society. She served in the scouting programs and contributed to many young men receiving their Eagle Scout Award, including her six sons. She was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1990. Lois was an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg Temples. She and Dean served missions to Zaire, Africa, and Soccoro, N.M.
She was active in Daughters of Utah Pioneers, serving in many camp offices and also as president of the Madison County DUP. Lois received the Distinguished Emeritus Service Award from Ricks College in 1998. Hers was a life of service to others. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children. Her love and example will remain in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her children, Diana (Kendell) Fuller of Rexburg, Morris (Cindy) Grover of Newport Beach, Ore., Paul (Kathleen) Grover of Maricopa, Ariz., Val (Teresa) Grover of Rexburg, Susan (Dave) Salvesen of Rexburg, Beverly (Dean) Nelson of Gresham, Ore., Michelle (Matt) Steel of Garden City, Kan., Scott (Sandy) Grover of Logan, Utah, Steven (Denise) Grover of Peoria, Ariz., and Jeffrey (Tiffany) Grover of Rigby; 60 grandchildren; 90 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ray Walker of Rexburg, Sharon Orme of Salem, and Darlene Davidson and Joan Johnson, both of Rexburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean R Grover; parents, Willis and Mabel Walker; sister, Jean Walker; brother, Keith Walker; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Grover.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at the Stonebridge LDS Chapel, 475 E. Seventh South. The family will meet friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Rexburg Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.