Lois N. Squibb, died March 6, 2015, at Nottingham Health Center in Olathe, KS. She was 95 years old. A brief graveside service will be held Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Brookline Cemetery near Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Crosslines of Springfield, 1710 Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802.
Lois was born June 1, 1919, at the home of her paternal grandparents near Brookline, MO. She grew up on her parents’ family farm also near Brookline, and graduated from Republic High School in 1936. She attended Missouri State Teachers College (now SMU) for two years and received a certificate to teach elementary school. She began her teaching career at Birch Tree, MO. Then she moved back to Brookline and taught 1st through 8th grades at nearby one-room rural schools. She married her high school sweetheart Ruel “Shorty” Squibb in 1940. Later she returned to college and completed her 4 year degree in Elementary Education. She then taught 2nd graders at Sherwood School in the Springfield District.
After retirement, she and “Shorty” traveled widely, gardened, enjoyed thousands of bridge games with their many friends, and especially loved puttering on their little “farm” on South Kansas Ave. They also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Crosslines. They attended the Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield.
As their health declined, they moved to Kansas to be near their daughter. Lois was preceded in death by Ruel “Shorty” Squibb her husband of almost 70 years; her parents Frank and Susie Norman; and her brother Ben Norman. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charles J. and Carolyn Skelton of Lenexa; her grandson’s family, Tom and Rene Skelton, their children Michael and Kyle, also of Lenexa; her granddaughter’s family, Todd and Charlotte Goldberg, their children Chloe and Truman of Chicago, IL; and her niece, Jeanette Young of Clever, MO. Condolences may be left on Lois N. Squibb’s online guest book at www.overlandparkchapel.com.