SPOKANE, Wash. — Lois Ardelle Allerding, 91, died peacefully in the company of family and friends in Spokane, Wash., on Dec. 18, 2013. She was born in Kane, Pa., on Sept. 27, 1922 — the first of three daughters born to Eber and Emma Hennell. Her father’s trade as a glasscutter kept the family on the move, but this suited Lois’s easygoing spirit and natural curiosity. For her, it was the perfect childhood and seeing new places and meeting new people became a lifelong passion. The Hennells eventually settled in Mount Vernon, where Lois met and married Paul Allerding, the love of her life.
In the war that soon followed, Lois worked at a plant making diesel engines for the Navy ships that carried Paul to Europe. They wrote many letters — anxious for each other’s safety, but always curious about people and places. Paul tried to make it home for Christmas in 1945, but didn’t arrive until February. Lois left the tree up for him, and every year afterwards, they kept their tree decorated longer than anyone else.
Lois and Paul raised three sons, surrounded themselves with friends, and traveled at every opportunity. Having seen the country from one end to the other, they chose Tucson, Ariz., for retirement, where they became actively engaged in the community and made many close, lifelong friends. They never stopped traveling until Paul passed away in 2007. In 2011, for reasons of health, Lois moved to Spokane, Wash., to be close to her son Tom.
She was a loving wife, mother and friend who will be greatly missed. Her joyous spirit was a profound influence on all who knew her, and we will always carry her close in our hearts.
Lois was preceded in passing by her sister, Joyce (Jack) Nason; husband, Paul; and son, Michael (Carol and Georgia). She is survived by her sister, Ruth (Philip) Smith; sons, Tom (Helen) and Steve (Heather); grandchildren, Jason (Carrie), Liberty (Curtis), Zoe ( Eric) and Brett; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many close friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Catholic Charities. Services will be at a later date.
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