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Lois McGinnis (Felton/Nerlinger)

AGE: 91 • Wilmington, Del.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Wilmington, Lois McGinnis moved to the next stage of her spiritual journey.

She was born the oldest of five children in Pittsburgh, PA in 1924 to Henry C. and Edith (Maxwell) McGinnis.

As a young woman, Lois organized a Girl Scout Troop, served as a Sunday School teacher and was active in PTA. She later worked in the Public Relations Dept. for the Dupont Company.

After raising her children, Lois was employed as a news stringer and talk show hostess by a local radio station. She was invited to join the Department of Pastoral Care at the Wilmington Medical Center and became the Chaplain of the Rehab Division at Pelleport. She helped organize a pastoral visiting department at Union Hospital in Maryland where she taught classes training residents to serve as pastoral visitors.

Lois completed a two year course in spiritual direction at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. She lived the vowed anchoritic vocation under the authority of Bishop Cabell Tennis for three years.

Lois became a charter member of the Lay Contemplatives of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, served as a guide and led days of quiet reflection and retreats in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. At the suggestion of Bishop Wayne Wright she called together a group now known as Spiritual Companions.

Lois was the author of two books: "A Small Guide to Peace" and "The Way to Your True Self".

She is survived by three daughters from her marriage to Thomas Felton: Marion (Edward) Lombardi, Jane (Walter) Hansen and Kimberly (David) Flint. Lois leaves six grandchildren: John Paul, Mark, Matthew, Aaron, Lyndsey, Jessica and 12 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are her step-children from her marriage to Ludwig Nerlinger: Madelyn, Julie, Marlyn, Sister Mary Michael, Michael, Christine, Anthony, Marcia, Susan, Kevin and their families as well as nephews, nieces and friends.

Thank you to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Immanuel Church Highlands, 2400 W. 17th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. Interment will be private at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Friendship House, Inc., P.O. Box 1517, Wilmington, DE 19899 or to the Emmanuel Dining Room, c/o Ministry of Caring, 506 N. Church Street., Wilmington, DE 19801.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8, 2016
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