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Lois Evelyn Pence, 92, Goshen, died at 6:40 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Goshen Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Mishawaka, to Curtis A. and Mildred (Peterson) Johnson.
On Nov. 18, 1945, she married Carlton Frederick Pence in Mishawaka.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Karen (Richard Dye) Smiley, Goshen; son, Colin (Janey Butterworth) Pence, Littleton, Colorado; three grandchildren, Paige (Patrick) Judson, Gretchen Smiley and Meredith (John) Clark; and two great-grandchildren, Avery Judson and Ethan Clark.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Curtis Johnson Jr. in 1992.
Lois graduated Mishawaka High School in 1942 and attended Indiana University South Bend. She was involved in the order of Rainbow for Girls, was a worthy adviser and grand officer.
She was a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Church in South Bend, active with the Lutheran Church women and later St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Middlebury.
Lois was a member of the Eastern Star and the Altrusa Club of South Bend. She was on the auxiliary and volunteered at Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Goshen Hospital.
She was on the South Bend-Mishawaka Board of Realtors and secretary of the board of directors and on the recreation committee of Bayshore Windmill Village Homeowners Association.
She was a secretary for Bendix Products Division in South Bend, a Portage Realty sales associate and hosted travel groups from 1968 to 1999.
Lois was very involved with Women in Radio and Television and was producer and hostess for Homemakers' Time on WSBT-TV South Bend (CBS Affiliate) and radio personality on "Timely Topics."
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Friday, July 28, followed by a 2 p.m. funeral service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 708 Wayne St., Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor Randy Schroeder.
Burial will be at Forest Grove Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are with Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. Online condolences may be offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 25, 2017
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