Lois first danced with her husband Dale A. Jones in 1942 at Los Gatos High School in California. She died Sunday, leaving Dale without his loving dance partner for the first time in almost seven decades.
Lois and Dale found each other again when World War II ended and married on Aug. 28, 1948. They moved to Logan after their wedding where Dale completed his studies in Wildlife Management. A wise Utah State professor told Dale that the key to a successful career is a willing wife. He was so right! She was his devoted partner in everything he did, beginning with his first job at the Price Game Farm under the leadership of Rhy Hiatt. Their next two moves were to Cedar City and Murray. While Dale was getting paid for doing what he loved, Lois raised three wonderful children. Born first was Darlene Ellen in Cedar City; then came Derris Russell in Murray; and their last baby was Del Leonard, also born in Murray.
Dale's career took a turn from the Utah Game and Fish Department to the U.S. Forest Service in 1957. The family moved several times about the country, but there was never a whimper from Lois, who always got left behind to sell a house and care for the kids. She was the backbone of the family. She loved the outdoors and the Jones family hunted, fished and backpacked into some of God's greatest creations. Lois taught herself to paint in oils and was so proud when she sold her first painting on a beach in Mazatlan, Mexico.
When the kids grew up, moved away and had their own families, Lois became an ombudsman at nursing homes. She took the job to heart. A Type 1 diabetic for forty years, she kept her blood sugar under control. A stroke in 2006 was the culprit that kept her from enjoying the life she wanted to live and it became Dale's turn to take care of her.
Lois leaves behind a loving family: husband Dale of 63 years; daughter Darlene and her husband Ray Rollins; son Derris, his wife Stacey and daughters Dusti, Dena, and Mikayla; son Del, his wife Dianna, daughter Ciera and son Douglas; brother Raymond Wolfe and his wife Barbara. Lois was preceded in death my her mother, father and brother Russell Wolfe.
A memorial is being planned for sometime in the future. When Dale passes, his ashes will be mixed with hers so that they can dance again. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association or the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome to share memories of Lois at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.