Lois P. Smith, 88

Lois Pauline Bennett was born June 11, 1928, in a sod house in rural Garden County, Nebraska. She was the youngest of four children born to Chester Otis and Thelma Eleanor (Tippetts) Bennett. Lois attended various rural schools in her grade school years. She attended Garden County High School in Oshkosh, NE, graduating as Valedictorian of her class in 1946. November 28, 1946, on Thanksgiving Day, Lois was united in marriage to Francis (Short) Campbell at the home of the groom’s grandmother, Laura McCord, in Oshkosh. The newlyweds made their home on the Perry O. Campbell ranch in northern Garden County. In the summer of 1949, the Campbell and Richstein families moved to a ranch south of Ainsworth, NE. Lois and Short became the parents of four children, James, Larry, Judy and Randy. In August of 1973, Short and Lois moved to Ainsworth. Short passed away in September 1975 of lung cancer. In 1975, Lois was baptized in the Congregational Church in Ainsworth, later transferring her membership to the Ainsworth United Methodist Church. In July of 1983, Lois traveled to South Africa to visit her son Jim and family who were living there. She worked at the Ainsworth Star- Journal for 15 years as a typesetter. On October 29, 1983, she was married to Glen Coleman of Ainsworth. During their 12 years of marriage they took many bus tours to various parts to the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska. Glen passed away of cancer in 1996. In 1997, Lois was united in marriage to an old high school friend Charles “Duff” Smith of Hemingford, NE. Duff and Lois spent their married years commuting between Hemingford and Ainsworth. This allowed them to be near some of their families whichever place they were. Duff passed away in April of 2016. Lois loved music dearly and playing her organ brought her much joy. She also loved dancing when she was younger, playing various card games, and was an avid crocheter. Lois lived her last years at Parkside Manor in Stuart Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Melvon; sisters, Doris Richstein and Mary Wenzlick; and son, Randy Campbell. Lois is survived by her three children, James (Nancy) Campbell of Springview, NE, Larry Campbell of Milford, NE, Judy J. (Doug) Rau of Ainsworth; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Elaine (Larry) Duden of Ainsworth, NE, Carolyn Davis of Brighton, CO, John (Jody) Coleman of Springfield, MO, and Judy (Mike) O’Conner of Hemingford, NE; along with several step-grandchildren, step-greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth with Pastor David Randall officiating the service. Music was provided by Marilyn Williams. Congregational selections of “How Great Thou Art” and “Old Rugged Cross” were provided. Lois’s ashes will be spread at the Campbell ranch near Ainsworth at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the Ainsworth Senior Center, the Sandhills Care Center of Ainsworth, or to the Parkside Manor of Stuart. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of the arrangements.

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