Lois M. (Holcomb) Smith, 86, of Augusta, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 surrounded by her family.
A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, Augusta, with Pastor Terry Deaver presiding. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville.
Lois was born near Luray, Kan. on July 19, 1926, to the late Bertha (Langley) and Leotus Earl Holcomb the 10th of 11 children. Lois went to grade school in Luray, high school in Wathena, Kan. and graduated from Ottawa University in 1948. On Dec. 22, 1946 at the First Baptist Church in Wathena, she married Barten Harold Smith. She taught school for 3 years at Moundridge and Anthony before moving to Coffeyville in 1951. She was a stay- at-home mother for 16 years while her children were small. Lois taught at Garfield School from 1967 to 1988 in Coffeyville. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville since 1951 and First Baptist in Augusta since 2009. Lois sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years, was Missionary Circle Chairman from 1994 to 2002, and also served a 4 year term as Deacon.
She is survived by: her husband, Barten; sons, David and Reverend Dick Smith and wife Diana; daughters, Cathy Hoyt and husband Bill, and Cheryl Kaufman and husband Gene; brothers, Elmer and Derrall Holcomb; sister, Bernita Benitz; 8 grandchildren Sarah, Aaron and Anna Hoyt, Omar (Katie) Shifrin, Lillian Lance, Casey (Jessica) Smith, Katie (Aaron) Mussat, and Kenzie Smith; and 4 great-grandchildren, Sam and Audrey Shifrin, and Soren and Solomon Smith.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Wilbur, Leotus Jr., and Linville Holcomb; sisters, Leora Trent, Junia Noyes, Oleta, and Hazel Holcomb.
Memorial donations to First Baptist Church Youth, 1501 State St., Augusta, KS 67010.