Lois Ann Nieuwsma Vos was the sixth child born to Henry and Irene Andringa Nieuwsma on July 9, 1939, near Taintor, Iowa. She passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of 73.
Family will be present during a visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Calvary Reformed Church, with interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Pella.
Lois graduated from Pella High School with the class of 1957. On June 6, 1957, she was united in marriage with Raymond G. Vos in Pella. They were blessed with three sons, Darwin, Dwight and Dennis. The family lived in Sully, Newton, Washington, Iowa, Worthington, Minn., and St. James, Minn.
Her dream since she was 10 years old was to be a hairdresser. She graduated from Thompson Beauty College in Fairmont, Minn. in 1973, after having her children. She worked in Minnesota for seven years, then moved to Newton where she opened a salon called The Hair Factory in 1982. Later she moved to Pella where she had a salon in her basement until retiring in 2011 after 38 years in the business.
Lois helped her husband, Ray, with many remodeling projects and worked as a volunteer for an organization called CRWRC for many years, helping disaster victims of tornadoes and floods.
Lois loved and collected poems, as did her mother, sister and brothers. Her hobbies included sewing, decorating, gardening and baking chocolate chip cookies for her family. She spent a lot of time babysitting and enjoying her two grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Dwight of Newton and Dennis Vos and his wife, Mici, of Ankeny; two grandchildren, Cassie Jo Vos and Cody Allen Vos; one sister, Ruth (John) Van Wyk; one brother, Norman Nieuwsma; two sisters-in-law, Thressa Nieuwsma and Luella Nieuwsma; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Irene Nieuwsma; parents-in-law, Joe and Elizabeth Vos; her husband, Ray, in 1998; and her son, Darwin, in 2011; her three brothers, Harold Nieuwsma, Gilmer Nieuwsma and Arvin Nieuwsma; and two sisters-in-law, Mae Nieuwsma and Martha Nieuwsma.