Lois Ann Shoemaker

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Lois Ann Shoemaker
December 8, 1924 - December 15, 2015
Lois Ann Johnson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 8, 1924 and she went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 15, 2015. She was an only child and was raised in Larimore, North Dakota until she moved to Nampa, Idaho to attend Northwest Nazarene College (now University). Lois Ann received her teaching certificate (a 2-year program at the time) and began teaching at Eastside Elementary in Nampa at the age of 19. She taught third and fourth grade and was the school music teacher for five years. She met Ralph Shoemaker and they married on June 2, 1949. When they married, she quit teaching with the intention of being a homemaker. However, as Ralph's trucking business (Shoemaker Trucking) grew, she worked alongside him and started taking night classes at Boise Junior College (now Boise State University) in the areas of business management and accounting. While Ralph managed the trucking side of the business, Lois Ann managed the office and finances. In the early 1970's, Lois Ann realized that switching to a computer would provide for efficiencies in the accounting and payroll area. After researching, they bought an IBM computer (the kind that filled an entire room and used punch cards) and she went to programming school to learn how to use it. Lois Ann never backed down from a challenge or opportunity to learn. As dedicated as she and Ralph were to the business, they were even more dedicated to their family, their faith, and serving others. They raised three sons and a daughter and always made it a priority to be at their school music and sporting events. Lois Ann was also a faithful daughter, caring for her mother in their home as long as she could, and then visiting her daily until her mother passed away. Lois Ann loved her Lord and served Him faithfully through the Church of the Nazarene, holding many local church as well as district responsibilities, but her first love was for missions. She wanted the world to know of Jesus' love and certainly anyone who knew Lois Ann, felt His love through her. Lois Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her oldest son, Mark. She is survived by: her sons, Jamison (Tami) of Meridian and Craig (Deena) of Eagle; her daughter, Quinet Bryan of Nampa; Mark's widow, Arlene (Gary) Cooper of Meridian; 10 grandchildren and 4 spouses; 11 great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. A memorial service will be held at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, Meridian, ID, on December 21, at 2:30 pm. Memorials may be given to Trinity Pines Camp and Conference Center, 55 SW 5th Ave., Suite 100, Meridian, ID 83642. Condolences may be left on Lois Ann's page at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 18, 2015