Lois L. Champine

Lois L. Champine

CEYLON — A Celebration of Life service for Lois L. Champine, 96, of Ceylon, Minn., will be held in the springtime with burial in Lake Belt Cemetery near Ceylon.

Lois entered the hospital in Fairmont just hours after her husband, Bob, passed away. Her health deteriorated rapidly and she passed away Sunday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, exactly two weeks following the death of her husband.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lois Laverne Champine was born May 9, 1922, in Whitten, Ark., to James Melvin “Mel” and Edna Nancy (Phillips) Ennis. The family then moved to Cassville, Mo. When Lois was 13 years old, her mother passed away from ALS and Lois helped raise her younger siblings.

After graduating from high school, Lois moved to Kansas City, Kan. She later moved to Wichita, Kan., where she worked for Boeing Aircraft. Lois then moved back to Kansas City and worked for Bendix Corporation until moving to Rogers, Ark., to work for Daisy BB Company.

In 1977, Lois was united in marriage to Robert Champine and moved to Ceylon, Minn., where they farmed together for more than 30 years. Lois was as much at home on a tractor as she was in her kitchen.

She was active in the Methodist Church in Ceylon.

Lois took up quilting and her handiwork and canned goods took many prizes at the county fair.

Left to mourn Lois is her sister, Barbara Hendrix of Washburn, Mo.; sister-in-law, Marilyn Will of Northfield, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Champine; daughter, Beverly Shooket; grandson, Jerry Hauck; four brothers; and one sister.