Lois Ann LaFon

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.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Aija Oneil. (Classmate nursing school) Posted September 28, 2023 9:55 am

    So sorry to hear about her passing. Last time I saw her was at our 55th school reunion in Omaha
    Sounds like she had a very full and meaningful life,
    My sincere condolences to her family!

  • Katharyn Murphy Govaerts Posted September 29, 2023 12:22 pm

    I am sad to learn of the death of one of our College of Nursing classmates. Lois was generous giving of her professional skills and the artistry of sewing and needlework. I am so glad I knew her. Kathryn Govaerts

  • Karen Fauver Posted September 29, 2023 4:28 pm

    Such sad news about a dear friend and roommate. I am so sorry for loss.

    Karen Fauver

  • Nicole Jeltema Posted September 29, 2023 11:11 pm

    My heart is with you. Loved knowing Lois and was grateful to experience her wit and humor.

  • Mary Seamands Posted September 30, 2023 1:59 am

    Lois was a loving friend and inspirational leader. She will be missed and leaves such a legacy of christian love and leadership. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy to her family..

  • Bailey Birt Posted September 30, 2023 11:13 am

    Lois was such a light to those who cared for her at Brookestone Village. She had such a great sense of humor and had the kindest heart. I am honored to have been apart of her life. She was such an incredible woman and her legacy will live on forever. I love you Lois!

  • Kara Olson Posted September 30, 2023 11:20 am

    My deepest condolences go out to Jeanne and Family- Lois was truly an Angel among us. My heart is with you and I am very glad my girls and I got to watch the service from home since we weren’t able to join in person. Thinking of you and sending prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Sandra Carter Posted September 30, 2023 11:24 am

    So sorry to hear about Lois. She has been one of my favorite people since I met her that first day of nursing school in Sept of 1958. I was able to watch her service via live stream..It was perfect representation of her. To Jeanne and Steven, and families, so sorry for your loss. Lois was a wonderful friend.

  • Robin and Kevin Houdek Posted September 30, 2023 11:34 am

    Jeanne , Beautiful service ! Thank you for live streaming so we could be with you. Your mom was an amazing lady and I have been blessed knowing her.
    Love you♥️

  • Darlene Clark Posted September 30, 2023 2:35 pm

    So sorry for you loss Jeanne and family and Steve and family. Your Mom’s sewing and cross stitching always amazed me. She had such a giving and friendly personality, so blessed to have known her. We wish you peace in your sorrow.

  • Janie Fisher Posted October 1, 2023 7:50 am

    My sympathy to Lois”s family. She was a friend and classmate at U N College of Nursing.

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