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OBITUARY - LOIS IRENE (PRITCHETT) MACKEY

Lois Irene MACKEY, daughter of Ralph Forrest and Helen Lucille (CLOUSE) PRITCHETT, was born November 19, 1931, in Grant Township, Ringgold county, Iowa and departed this life June 18, 2000 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, at the age of 68 years.

Lois grew up in the Delphos community. She graduated from the Delphos High School fifty years ago.

In 1949, she married Raymond MACKEY of Delphos. To this union four children were born; Mary Helen, Richard Forrest, Ronald Lee and Randall Dee.

They began farming in the Delphos area and in 1961, they moved to a farm near Clearfield. Lois was a busy farm wife, her days were filled with caring for her family. In 1977, she moved to her present home in Delphos.

She was employed at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr for twelve years. During these years she also worked in the Delphos Post Office. She was officer in charge at Delphos until her appointment as Post Master for Redding in November of 1986. She held this position at the time of her death. She enjoyed many lasting friendships with fellow employees both at Clearview and the Post Office. Lois felt a part of the Redding community and looked forward to being a part of community activities.

Lois enjoyed yard work, gardening, canning, quilting, and cooking. All of her family will remember the many delicious meals she prepared and the fun times they spent together. The list of family favorites is never ending. She loved to travel and was planning many trips after her retirement.

Proceeding her in death were her parents, brother Junior, brother-in-law Frank MASON, and grandson Robert MACKEY.

Survivors include daughter Mary Helen COCHRANE of Itasca, IL, sons; Richard of Clearfield, Ronald of Mount Ayr and Randall of Minot, ND. Six grandsons; John, Justin, and James MACKEY, Daniel, Andrew, and David COCHRANE. Three great-grandchildren; Anthony, Morgan, and Katelyn COCHRANE. Sisters; Eileen MASON, Marilyn JOHNSON and husband Theron, and brother Jerry PRITCHETT, along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives and special friends.

Services were held at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Wednesday, June 21, 2000. Rev. Michael DRAKE officiated with words by Travis JOHNSON. Deb CANNON, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS provided the music. Casket bearers were Daniel COCHRANE, Andrew COCHRANE, David COCHRANE, John MACKEY, Justin MACKEY, and James MACKEY. Honorary pall bearers were Tim SAVILLE, Dick SNETHEN, Donald E. STEPHENS, Lloyd Jr. STEPHENS, Tom KELLY and Theron JOHNSON.

Lois was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Memorials are sent to the Redding United Methodist Church.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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