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Lois Ann (Henry) Culver

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Lois Ann (Henry) Culver Obituary
Lois Ann (Henry) Culver Lois Ann (Henry) Culver, 87, of Lenexa, Kansas, passed away on September 11, 2018. Lois's health quickly declined during the past few weeks, and she accepted the final phases of her life with grace and dignity. A Celebration of Life for Lois Culver will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS 66061. Friends and family may attend a visitation at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 am, immediately preceding the service. Lois was a resident of Lakeview Village, and the family will host a reception in honor of Lois for Lakeview Village residents and others who want to visit with the family on Wednesday, Sept. 19th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. It will be held in the Treetop Room on the fifth floor of the Southridge Building, Lakeview Village, 14001 W. 92nd Street, Lenexa, KS 66215. Lois was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on April 18, 1931. Her family moved to Kansas City, Kansas, when Lois was 13 years old. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1949, after which she attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, graduating with a B.S. in Sociology in 1953. While at Baker, Lois met her beloved husband, Maurice Culver, and they married on September 1, 1952. Following their graduation, Lois and Maurice moved to Boston, Massachusetts for Maurice to attend Boston University where he earned two divinity degrees. He became a United Methodist minister focused on urban ministry. While living in Boston, Lois served as a social worker who assisted women and families living in poverty to find resources and support they needed to better their lives. This job sparked Lois's lifelong commitment to women's causes.?? Following Maurice's graduation from Boston University in 1958, the couple returned to Kansas City, where Maurice served as the pastor for Grinter Chapel, Wyandotte, and Rosedale United Methodist churches in Kansas City, Kansas. Together, through their marriage and their careers, Lois and Maurice dedicated their lives to serving others and their contributions touched the lives of countless people.Lois and Maurice had three children: Bradford, Stephen and Joy. Lois spent 10 years raising her children before returning to graduate school, and in 1971, she earned her Masters degree in Education from UMKC. She worked for 25 years as a teacher and health educator. Lois was an early and strong advocate for women and girls, often working on projects to create more opportunities for women and to advance reproductive and civil rights for all. When their children were grown, Lois and Maurice traveled around the world, visiting at least one new destination each year for many years. Upon retiring, Lois cherished spending time with her seven grandchildren. Lois was a grandmother like none other, always entertaining her family through funny stories and her unique perspective on world events. She lived long enough to see all of her grandchildren grow into adulthood. As a Lakeview Village resident, Lois greatly valued this community, especially after losing Maurice. Lois and Maurice were married for 58 years when Maurice passed away in 2010. Lois always focused on caring for others with genuine concern. Lois always left a lasting impression on everyone she met with her unusual sense of humor and her vibrant energy and enthusiasm for life. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, James and Anna O. Henry, her brothers, Arthur and William Henry, and her husband, the Rev. Maurice Culver. Lois is survived her children and their spouses: Bradford Culver (Janet); Stephen Culver (Linda); and Joy Culver Torchia; grandchildren Victoria Culver Rice (Joshua), Mackenzie Culver, Shelby Culver, Spencer Culver, Paige Culver, Anna Torchia, and Cara Torchia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made on behalf of Lois Culver to Cross-Lines Cooperative Council, Inc. 736 Shawnee Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66105; Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS 66061; or to the Lakeview Village Foundation, 9100 Park Street, Lenexa, KS 66215. Condolences may be expressed at:www.porterfuneralhome.comArrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535Monrovia, Lenexa, KS 913-438-6444.

Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 16, 2018
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