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  • Lois Jeanne Leach Tippett Stroud born April 18, 1922 In Nevada, MO, and died May 17, 2011 in Carbondale, CO.

    She was married at 21 and had 4 children with her first husband before he died at 32. At 29 she became a single parent for nine years, living in a small MO town 20 miles from Kansas City.

    In the early 60's see became sick and while recovering in a Columbia MO hospital, she fell in love with the man she spend over half her life with - her soon to be 2nd husband Melvin became the father of her 5th child. They became ministers and partner in many midwestern churches in two denominations.

    12 years ago she lost Melvin, her life long partner of 30 years - Yet she continued to be a part of the lives of her 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She moved to CO to be near family leaving the midwest that had been home for over 70 years.

    She joined a new church - made friends, offered he skills as a teacher and speaker in the communities. Helped her grand children with gifts to aide their education ... provided all of us a strong role model as our head of the family.

    At 86 she became sick - over the last three years of her life she struggled and also adjusted to the limits age and illness gave her.

    The last few months of her life her second born daughter became her daily caregiver and with the help of Hospice and her brothers (that also lived near) they helped Jeanne find a place to lay down in Carbondale and rest near her family's dear Mt Sopris that was out side her window the day she died.

    Later her ashes came back to MO to the small town where her two husbands graves lay waited for her to join them in a space saved for her between them!

    I am her first born. I live far away from CO and MO in WA close to the ocean. I was able to bring some of her ashes home with me. Carried in a small brown silk bag with pink and blue flowers on it ... half the ashes did go to the ocean last summer ... the rest are still in my home by her picture in a blue and white bowl that is almost as lovely as my mom was!

    Mom will be 90 this spring. Last year on her 89th birthday although she was not happy about still being alive ... she did like having Easter on her Birthday in 2011. It was a rare treat which had happen only a few times before in her long life - and Christ and Easter have always been close to her sweet heart.
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