Lois Marie McDonald, 55, of Morgantown, W. Va., formerly of Towanda, Pa., died early Sunday morning, April 7, 2013, as the result of a fire at her residence. Lois was born in Scranton, Pa. on Jan. 16, 1958, the devoted daughter of Lois P. McDonald and the late Edward William McDonald, Sr. She attended elementary school in Clark Summit, Pa. and was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1975. Lois attended Keystone Junior College and was formerly employed by Futures Group Homes and by First Liberty Bank in Towanda for several years.
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Lois was serving as operations manager for the Universal Pipeline Company in Morgantown, W.Va. prior to her passing.
Lois was actively involved in B.P.O.E. Lodge # 2191, Towanda where she served two terms as exalted ruler, and several years as secretary. On the Northeast district level she served on the membership committee, lapsation committee and memorial committee. On the state level she served on the memorial committee. Lois passionately promoted the Elks Scholarship Program, personally going into the local high schools encouraging students to apply for college scholarships. Upon moving to Morgantown, W. Va., she transferred her membership to Lodge # 411 where she continued her untiring volunteer efforts.
While Lois never had children of her own, Aunt Lois was a second mother to all her nieces and nephews. Her loving arms and lap were always filled with children. Beautiful cakes were created and delicious meals were caringly made for every special occasion. Christmas time meant hand selected ornaments specially chosen for each. Aunt Lois actively attended all the kids events especially baseball and softball games. You could always hear her cheering from the stands. She planned her vacations around where she could take the kids. Everyone has their own cherished memory of time spent with her.
Lois was fiercely patriotic and took tremendous pride in her family's commitment to the armed forces. She was an avid Washington Redskins fan and enjoyed watching Dale Jarrett race. Lois was always the first to volunteer her services with boundless enthusiasm. It didn't matter who was in need she was dedicated to family, friends, and community. She put in countless hours with the Elks organization in Towanda and Morgantown. Whether friend or family, once she was in your corner she was your biggest fan and always had your best interests at heart. Her beautiful smile and infectious laugh will long be remembered by all those who knew her. She is survived by her mother, Lois P. McDonald of 1024 Claverack Road, Wysox, PA 18854; brothers, Michael McDonald of East Smithfield, Edward McDonald and wife Pam of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; sisters, Terry Fritchman and husband Ken of Liberty Corners, Patricia Sturzen and husband Dan of French Asylum and Helen Chamberlain and husband Lindsay of Allis Hollow; 34 special nieces and nephews. Countless friends in Towanda and Morgantown, and her very special friend David McClure and family.
She was preceded in death by her father Edward on August 29, 2004.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Those who wish may consider memorial contributions to Elks National Foundation Scholarship Fund, 929 S. Main St., Towanda, PA 18848, in Lois' memory.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Daily Review on Apr. 21, 2013