Lois P. GroverSeptember 29, 1927 ~ September 2, 2017 (age 89)
Lois Patricia Grover, 89, passed away on September 2, 2017 in Gainesville, GA. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM on September 12, 2017 followed by the funeral at 11:00 AM at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf, Iowa. Burial will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local humane society.
Lois Patricia Levi was born September 29, 1927 in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada to Arthur and Lena (Brogan) Levi. She was raised in Yahk, B.C. and Kelso, and Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington in 1945. Following her father's death, she moved with her family to Iowa in 1947. Lois was married to Robert Ernest Grover on June 20, 1948 in the First Presbyterian Church, Bettendorf, Iowa. They made their home in Davenport and in 1959 moved to Pleasant Valley to raise their four children. Robert preceded her in death on May 2, 2007. In 2010 she relocated to the Masonic Village in Bettendorf where she made many new friends before relocating to Dahlonega, GA to live with her daughter Suzanne and family. Lois then spent 2 years at Smokey Springs in Gainesville, GA and enjoyed the company of many special friends. In 2015, following an illness, Lois moved to Bell Minor Nursing Home where she received exceptional care.
Lois was known from age 12 for her racing, dancing and adagio on roller skates. Lois was one of five out of a group of 2500 women chosen to join an International Roller Skating show in 1948. Rather than pursuing her roller skating dream she chose to marry Robert Grover who stole her heart. Lois loved to travel to see relatives in Canada and attend her husband's 509 Paratrooper Reunions across the U.S. Other interests included reading, crossword puzzles and fishing at their home in Spooner, Wisconsin. She loved a good challenge at the local casinos and playing bingo. She also dearly loved her Siamese cat, Mr. Ling and her Dachshund Lady.
Lois retired from the Pleasant Valley School District in 1983 after nine and one-half years as the Superintendent's Secretary and twelve years as the Riverdale Elementary School Secretary. Previously she worked at Palmer College and Alcoa. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley, the Plus 60 Club, AARP, Women of the Moose, WWII POW Association and was a volunteer at Genesis East Hospital for many years. She played bridge with the same card club for more than 60 years and developed wonderful, lasting relationships with all the girls. She also joined additional bridge clubs at the Masonic Village and enjoyed her new friendships greatly. She was fortunate to reconnect with two dear childhood friends later in life, Verona Bailey and Leota Fuller and enjoyed their many conversations reminiscing about their antics as young women. She dearly cherished her close friendships with Elaine Raney, Helen Stubbe and Mary Lou Campbell over many years.
Lois loved her family very much, always had high expectations and was kind to a fault. She was an extremely strong person suffering many losses but powered forward with life.
Survivors include her daughters Karen (Russell) Floyd, Jericho, Vermont and Suzanne (Michael) Monroe, Dahlonega, Georgia. Grandchildren: Samantha (Jason) Floyd Drogo, Waxhaw, NC; Heather(Cory) Floyd Hale, Northfield, New Hampshire; Mariah Monroe, Dahlonega, Georgia; Bradley Proffitt, Ames, Iowa; Great-grandchildren: Lucius and Alexandra Drogo, Triton Hale and Tyler Mazurek. Also surviving Lois are her sister, Barbara Reneau of Sun City West, AZ and Lois's dear daughter-in-law Carol Grover of Phoenix, AZ.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents Lena and Arthur Levi, her step-father Charles Fiering, her husband Robert (2007), son Kevin (2004), daughter Allison (2009), Grand-daughter Rebecca (2011), brother-in-law Kyle Reneau, and nephew Ky Reneau.
We will miss you Mom...thank you for showing us how to be fearless and strong!
God looked around His garden And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you And lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful He always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered "Peace be thine".
It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you The day God called you home.