Lois E. Yates

  • Born: August 23, 1922
  • Died: September 2, 2015
  • Location: Moravia, Iowa

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Centerville, IA 52544

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Lois Elisabeth Yates, 93, of Moravia, died Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Monroe County Care Center in Albia, Iowa.

She was born August 23, 1922 in Flat, Missouri to Elias Abraham O'Dell and Frances Eugenie (Tomlinson) O'Dell. She graduated from Tuscumbia High School in Tuscumbia, Missouri. Lois married LaMoine Omer Yates on May 23, 1942 in Lancaster, Missouri.

Lois was a member of the Zion Community Church of God from the time of its foundation until they moved to Moravia, Iowa in 2003. There she served as the State Secretary for the Iowa Church of God. She was also a Sunday School Teacher, active in the Missionary Society and led many bible studies. When she moved to Moravia she became active in the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene where she attended women's bible studies and prayer meetings.

Lois' greatest passion was her deep love and loyalty to her children and grandchildren. The spiritual legacy she leaves is the greatest of all, her faith.

Survivors include: three daughters: Linda (Mervin) McDanel of Moravia, Gloria Oldham of Albia, Becky Gross (Mike Teofilo) of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, son: John (Lori) Yates of Austin, Texas; daughter-in-law: Marilyn (Walter) Kudhart of Ottumwa; Grandchildren: Gene McDanel, Kim Beals, Jaci Rhoades, Marlene Wilkerson, Steve Yates, Brent Yates, Amy Duke, Sydney Starkey, Bryn Orum, Eric Gross; 21 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LaMoine; her son Roger LaMoine; an infant daughter, Claudia Marlene; grandson John Andrew Oldham; son-in-law, Michael Gross; her parents; two brothers, Morris O'Dell and Paul O'Dell and a sister, Ida Lee Hodge.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Am, Monday, September 7, 2015 at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia, Iowa with Pastors Terry Chapman and Jesse Elkins officiating. A private burial will take place in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa, Iowa. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia on Sunday, September 6, 2015 from Noon-7 Pm, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 Pm. Memorials have been established to the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene of Moravia and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Gloria and family, Our love and condolences to you all. Diann and I loved Lois and we were inspired and made better servants of God because of her. Such a sweet, wonderful lady.

Ben and Diann Turner

Posted by Ben Turner - Lorimor, IA - friend   September 09, 2015

Sorry to hear about Lois's passing she was a very fine lady I'm sure she will be missed greatly

Posted by Gary L Keasling - Ottumwa, IA   September 05, 2015

Gloria and Family so sorry to hear about your Mom such a pretty and sweet lady!
Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.

Posted by Peggy McDonough Hook - Urbandale, IA - Friend   September 04, 2015


Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you, in the loss of your mother & grandmother. She was a very special person & will be missed by everyone that knew her. What a beautiful memory of such a loving lady.

Posted by Catherine & Gerald Carter - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   September 03, 2015

My heart aches for you Gloria, and Linda, and Becky, and John, and all of the extended family. What a legacy your sweet mother left behind. But I also rejoice with you because I know that she is free, she has a brand new body, she is perfect in every way, no more pain, no more glasses! This separation will be an adjustment, but we look forward to the day when we will join our loved ones again. And mostly, we look forward to fixing our eyes on our beloved Savior. I know your mother has beheld Him and that was the greatest longing of her heart. I have been and will continue to pray for you all. I find comfort too, in knowing that our mothers are now both in heaven and one day, we will all be reunited.

Praise Jehovah-Shalom, your Peace.
Praise Holy Spirit, your Comforter.

Posted by Julie Woodley - Centerville, IA - friend/family   September 03, 2015

So sorry to hear! Praying for you Linda and Glo!

Posted by David and Joy Peckham - franklin, OH - church family friends   September 03, 2015