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April 12, 2014

Lois Jean (Ardnt-Boyce) Beery

BEAVER CENTER — Lois Jean (Ardnt-Boyce) Beery of Beaver Center died Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was born on Jan. 3, 1941, in Willoughby, Ohio. She was a daughter of Paul and Pansy (Barare) Arndt.

She was a 1959 graduate of Conneaut Valley High School.

She married Dale Arthur Boyce on Oct. 28, 1961. They were married for 37 years until his departure on June 17, 1998. Together they had three children. She later married Theron “Gene” Beery and they enjoyed each other’s company for 14 years.

Lois was warm and welcoming, and nothing made her happier than doing something nice for people. She was direct and if you asked her opinion, she would tell you. Lois was a hard worker. She always gave her best to whatever had her attention. She enjoyed life and tried to live by example in that honesty and respect were important to her. Our lives were truly blessed to have had her in it.

Lois was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She was a great mom and that was because she knew it was important to spend time with her children. She did her best to do fun things like campfires, bike rides and supporting whatever activities her kids were involved in. Her family always knew without a doubt that they were loved. She loved family gatherings and entertaining. She enjoyed cooking and pleasing everyone’s taste-buds which included making everybody’s favorites, like Uncle Bud’s Thanksgiving gravy. Lois also took pleasure in dining at local eateries and restaurants with Gene. She often traveled to visit family and friends across the U.S. from Ohio to Arizona to California and back to Pennsylvania. Perhaps she got the traveling bug when she was young. She had just turned 18 and graduated high school when she drove across the country to California with her cousins to visit her brothers and sisters and their families. Prior to that she had never drove anywhere but the Conneaut Valley area. Lois also had a knack for decorating. At Christmas, she liked to decorate each room in her home with a special tree. Often friends and neighbors would pop in just to see what she had created. She loved celebrating the holidays.

In 1967, she became a driver for Conneaut Valley Head Start where she formed a life-long friendship with Tineka Davis of Springboro. It was their job to pick up and buckle in the children into a big old station wagon and drive them to the Head Start Program. She was a part of a big effort in getting many children off to a good start with their education and lives.

Lois worked at several factory jobs throughout her lifetime and these included the Albro Pickle Factory packing pickles and the Jack Burns Manufacturing in Girard, making coils for electric stovetops. It was another experience in her life where she solidified friendships that lasted many years after retiring from the job.

She served on the Election Board of Beaver Center for many years and enjoyed conversations with her friends and neighbors of the Beaver Center community. For many years she penned a local column for the Albion News and the Community News on celebrations and local happenings of the Beaver Center area community.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Pansy; her first husband, Dale Arthur Boyce; a stepson, Brett Beery; a brother, Walter Arndt; a sister, Edna Rockow; her nephews, Brent Wesley Boyce, Alan Rockow, Lester Arndt Jr. and Stevie Nagy; brothers-in-law, Ronald “Swede” and Harold “Buddy” Boyce; and her best friend from childhood and neighbor, Marion “Cookie” Medrick.

Survivors include her husband, Theron “Gene” Beery; a daughter, Laura Kemling and husband, Ed, of Albion; two sons, Brian Dale Boyce and wife, Sue, of Beaver Center; and Shawn Boyce and companion, Brenda Miller, of Conneautville; and through her marriage to Gene, she opened her heart to stepsons, Theron E. Beery (Becky) of Winona, Texas, Kenneth J. Beery (Judy) of Albion, Michele R. Lavely (Bill) of Albion and Tammi S. Jarvis (Kevin) of Jefferson, Ohio; a sister, Esther (Arndt-Nagy) Blahosky of Joshua Tree, Calif.; and a brother, Lester Arndt of Sacramento, Calif.; and her sister-in-law, Marne Boyce.

She was the proud and loving grandmother of 20 grandchildren, whom each held a very special place in her heart: Wesley (Hayley) Franz and Michelle Franz; Kelly and Kari Boyce; Eli Boyce, Kayla Schillinger, Tara Romano, Kenny Burns and Josh Siple and through marriage to Gene, Rachael and Regina Beery, Jason and Kristin Hoffman, BilliJo, Chase and Renae Lavely; Shainna, Nikki and Jackie Gale; and Shelby Beery.

She was a great-grandmother to Wyatt P. Franz, Sam, Hannah, Caleb and Abby Romano, and Emory Burns. She was a godmother to Meghan (Boyce) Reisterer. And before becoming a grandmother, she was a very special aunt and “Uncle Lois” to Bridget, Meghan and Garrett Boyce, as well as an aunt to Scotty Boyce and Renee Kane. Lois was also an aunt to many nieces and nephews who reside in the state of California.

Lois made many friends throughout her lifetime through school, marriage and work. She held them very dear to her heart and always enjoyed their visits, company and phone calls. Those especially close to her included Marilyn and George Tuedhope, Adeline and Fred Miller, Judy Kapala and her brother-in-law, Rich and Milly Beery.

Finally, Lois wanted to express her thanks to the many doctors and nurses that touched her life as she fought pancreatic cancer. She knew what she was up against but she battled it with a positive attitude and never accepted that cancer would get the best of her. She appreciated Dr. Oyler and Dr. Brown’s care and guidance. For those who are fighting the disease, she passes on the message to stay strong and find your courage to live life while dealing with this disease.

In her final wishes, Lois did not want viewing hours but did express that she would like her family and friends to remember her in a special memorial service, which will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Kanzius Foundation for those who wish to honor her memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Cool Funeral Home, 1405 Main St., Conneautville. Condolences may be sent at white-coolfuneralhome.org.

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