Lois Jean Spencer, 90, died August 1, 2013 at Alterra Sterling House, Dodge City. She was born on August 4, 1922 at Ozawkie, KS the daughter of Joseph and Freda ( Puderbaugh ) Benson.
Lois grew up in Topeka and graduated from Topeka High School and attended Washburn University and the University of Illinois. Lois married Charles Spencer on August 30, 1941 in Topeka, he preceded her in death on April 16, 1998. They spent their working years at the Kansas Soldiers Home in Ft. Dodge, where Charles was the Chaplain for 29 years. She was a homemaker and 4-H song leader, translator for the deaf, and also worked as the activities director at the Kansas Soldiers Home. Lois also organized a musicial group of Prairie Pipers and Senior Serenaders who performed all over SW Kansas senior centers and nursing homes. She taught herself to play the flute when she was 54 years old. She was a pianist, organist and soloist, and music was her life. During her Washburn years she performed all over NE Kansas with WIBW radio tour. When her husband Charles passed away, Lois spent seven years writing a book on the story of her husband's life called "The Journey".
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dodge City and was an adult Sunday School teacher and organist at the church.
She is survived by one son Tom Spencer and wife Cindy of Dodge City.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles and one son Robin Spencer.
Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Jack Hanks presiding. Burial will follow at Kansas Veterans' Cemetery in Ft. Dodge.There will be no public visitation. Memorials are suggested to Kansas Soldiers Home at Ft. Dodge in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.