Lois Hannah Smith, 94, of Sparks, Nevada, passed peacefully March 5, 2018 surrounded by her family in the Sparks home of her daughter and son-in-law.
Lois, the second of three daughters of Osborne and Gladys Norma (Lake) Christopherson, was born February 17, 1924 in Milford, Utah, and raised on the family farm in Garrison, Utah. Her grandparents and great-grandparents were early settlers of Millard County, Utah, and White Pine County, Nevada. She attended elementary school in Garrison and high school in Baker, Nevada, graduating in 1941.
After graduation, she moved to Ely, Nevada, and began working at Ely Drug. It was in Ely that she met her husband, Boyd K. Smith. They married on July 5, 1942 while Boyd was on leave from the Navy. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before his passing in 1995.
Lois and Boyd were parents to three children, Scott, Cathy and Steve. Nothing was more important to Lois than her family. She was a devoted wife, a caring and patient mother, and a loving grandmother and great-grandmother who always brought her family immeasurable joy.
If her house was her castle, certainly, the kitchen was her court. Lois was a wonderful cook and many of her happiest moments included preparing meals for her ever-growing family. She always considered her recipes simple to prepare, but anyone who sat at her table enjoyed incredible meals served with such grace and humility that comparisons are few. Friends and family will forever remember her excellent pies, a skill first taught by her grandmother, Stella (Gandy) Lake Schumacher.
Lois and Boyd took up golf when a course opened in Ely. They played on weekends with friends and family, and Lois was a regular in the Ladies’ Club every Wednesday morning. The couple enjoyed traveling and playing courses in Nevada, Utah and California.
After raising her children, Lois returned to work in 1969 in the White Pine County Assessor’s Office gaining experience in licensing and registration. She worked there until 1976 when Boyd joined the Nevada Highway Department prompting a move to Carson City. Lois’s work in the county assessor’s office enabled her to accept a position with the State of Nevada DMV in Carson where she administered the special/personalized plates. This DMV assignment provided her no end of amusement as she regularly encountered personalized plate requests unable to pass censorship.
After Boyd’s retirement in 1984, they moved to Sparks, Nevada, to be closer to their children and grandchildren, though Lois continued to commute to Carson City for a time. Our family is especially grateful to Scott as his companionship and care allowed Lois to remain in the home she had known for over 30 years. Advancing macular degeneration prevented Lois from enjoying her favorite activities of reading, knitting, crocheting, cooking, and watching golf on television. After a fall last November and a short hospital stay, Lois began living with her daughter and son-in-law.
The family wishes to thank Circle of Life Hospice for their care, especially Reina, Nichole and Chris. Her husband, Boyd, and her sisters, Alberta Estelle Christopherson and Marilyn Gladys Sims, precede Lois in death.
She is survived by her three children, Scott Smith, Cathryn (John) Gascue, and Stephen (Gail) Smith as well as six grandchildren, including Jan (Alan) Konewko, Mike (Dena) Niccols, Jennifer (Philip) Lienau, Nicole (Craig) Anderson, Ryan (Cecily) Smith and Stephanie Smith. Additionally, she leaves behind twelve great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will have a private gathering to celebrate Lois’s life. In lieu of flowers, please consider hugging a loved one, rescuing a puppy, or baking a pie for someone special. God blessed us with a truly remarkable mother; we will always remember her with love.