Lois Ann LaFon
August 23, 1939-September 26, 2023
Lois Ann LaFon, at the age 84, peacefully passed away on September 26, 2023, at Brookestone Village in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lois was born on August 23, 1939, to Garnet and Gladys (Lemmon) Jackson in Nebraska City, NE. She was raised and schooled in Nebraska City and graduated from Nebraska City High School with the class of 1957.
Lois first attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, and then transferred to the University of Nebraska College of Nursing. She was in one of the first classes to graduate with a four-year degree/Bachelor of Science and Nursing, in 1962.
After graduation, Lois started her 46-year career at University Hospital (University of Nebraska Medical Center), working in Medical/Surgery and Recovery/Operating rooms. She found her true calling when she was recruited to the NICU. She enjoyed it so much that she stayed in that department for 32 years.
Lois met Kenneth LaFon (twice!), meeting first at church and then again in a class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. They knew it must be fate. They were married on September 7, 1963, at First Christian Church in Nebraska City, NE. Ken and Lois were blessed to adopt two children, Jeanne and Steve, through the Child Saving Institute in Omaha, NE.
Lois was an avid seamstress, sewing everything from prom dresses and cheerleading outfits, to dinosaur Halloween costumes and dance recital costumes. Her true passion was cross stitching. You could find her working on multiple projects at one time, from a baby blanket to Christmas stockings for family and friends.
Along with sewing, Lois was heavily involved in Christian Women’s Fellowship at the regional and national levels. She was on committees for the organization of many of the conferences which led her to extensive travel throughout the U.S. Many of her devotions and articles were published as she had a gift for writing.
Throughout her life she played the piano and organ in her home church in Nebraska City and was active in the church choir and Bells ensemble. One of her greatest accomplishments was being part of two church mission trips to India.
After retiring from nursing, Lois obtained her Lay Ministry Certification in 2007 and volunteered at the Hospice House for several years.
Lois is survived by her two children, Jeanne Carnaby and her husband, Brian, Omaha, NE, Steve LaFon and his wife, Anne, Stilwell, KS; four granddaughters: Jill Eggert and her husband, Alex, Plattsmouth, NE, Julia Freeburg, Plattsmouth, NE, Delaney LaFon, Kansas City, MO, Quinlyn LaFon, Stilwell, KS; great-granddaughters, Elliot and Emery Eggert; brother-in-law, Snowden LaFon; nephews, Rex Carter and his wife, Debbie, Aurora, CO, Mark LaFon, Lincoln, NE; nieces, Laurie Lawyer, Loveland, CO, Susanna Stewart and husband, Brian, Saint Gabriel, LA; several extended family members and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Garnet and Gladys Jackson; husband, Kenneth LaFon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wes and Minnie Carter, Dick and Liz Carter, and Wanda Scrams.
VISITATION: Saturday, September 30, 2023, 10:00 a.m., at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd, followed by a CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11:30 a.m., Officiant: Christy Ross of Brookestone Village.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Child Saving Institute or Parkinson’s Foundation.
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