Lois Elaine Reitz

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The sun broke through the clouds as the angels lifted the beautiful soul of Lois Elaine Reitz to Heaven on October 22, 2015. Lois was born on the family farm in Liberty, Kansas to Lester Robert Hoobler and Fern Marie Beair Hoobler nine days before Christmas 1930.

Lois is survived by her sister, Shirley Hoobler Howard and her brother-in-law Jim Howard of Flat Rock, North Carolina. Lois is also survived by her son Ronnie Dean Reitz, and her daughter Rebecca Lynn Reitz and son-in-law John Gay. Lois was blessed with four grandchildren: Michael Paul Reitz and wife Amber, Brandon Allen Reitz and wife Barbara, Ronnie Dean Reitz, Jr., Michelle Cox and husband Stevie. Great granddaughters Brooke Ava Reitz and Brylie Addison Reitz add joy to the family. Two daughters-in-law blessed her life, Melody Ann Cornelius Sanders and Toni Hatten. Alan Barrow's daughters Margie Barrow, Lori Skipper and Christe Hayes and grandchildren, Phoebe, Ainsley, Keegan and Peyton blessed Lois throughout her life.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband Richard C. "Dick" Reitz, who died on their 52nd wedding anniversary in 2001. She was also preceded in death by two sons: Richard Michael Reitz; and Larry Paul Reitz. Lois was fortunate enough to have a second love in her life, Alan Bradley Barrows, who said his last bon voyage on January 21, 2015.

Lois was the 1948 Senior Queen of the Labette County Community High School, in Altamont, Kansas which promoted itself as the "Largest Little Town in Kansas". She fell in love on a blind date with an Army guy that had just returned home from Fort Lewis, Washington. She married Dick Reitz in Bartlett, Kansas in 1949. The newly married couple headed south to Kingsville, Texas where Richard Michael Reitz and Ronnie Dean Reitz were born during the 4 years they lived there. Celanese transferred the growing family to Pampa, Texas in 1953. Lois had Becky and Larry in the next 2 years making the family complete. Lois lost her first born son, Michael, in 1953 and youngest son, Larry, in 1996.

When Celanese transferred the family to Bay City, Texas in 1962, Lois began her career in banking. Once all the children were out of high school and Dick retired from Celanese after 30 years, their lives changed.

Dick and Lois lived and worked in New Jersey, Ohio and Houston, Texas. They were in Iraq during the Iran/Iraq War and fled for their lives when bombed in 1980. Lois worked for NBC Sports as a hostess for the American Press while living in Seoul, Korea during the 1988 Olympics. Their last overseas venture was to Saudi Arabia before retiring to Horseshoe Bay in 1992. Travel continued to be a consistent theme as the couple traveled all around the world from Alaska to Hong Kong and from Canada to Puerto Rico. Lois was a successful Real Estate Agent in Houston and Horseshoe Bay.

A celebration of the life of Lois Reitz was held on November 9, 2015 at The Church at Horseshoe Bay. A graveside service will be held at Forest Park East on December 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

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Published on yourbayareanews.com from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8, 2015
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