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Lois DeBoer

Lois DeBoer

Saturday, July 20th, 2019
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Obituary of Lois DeBoer
Lois Emily DeBoer, age 99, of Three Oaks, died peacefully Saturday, July 20, 2019 in West Woods of Bridgman in the presence of her family.



Lois was born June 29, 1920 in Ashkum, Illinois the youngest of two daughters of Peter and Jessie Booi. She was her father’s helper on their farm, milking cows as early on as age five and driving a team of horses to work the field, whereas her older sister, Geraldine, stayed on in the house, assisting their mom with the indoor chores since she had polio and could not walk well. Still both girls walked two miles from their farm to get to school each day, even during the cold winters. After graduating from Danforth High School just before turning 16, Lois went on to beauty school, opening her own shop (Lov-Lee) in Danforth, Illinois on April 20, 1940, which she owned/operated for numerous years. Then on July 10, 1945, she married Henry (Bud) Mickens. Through that marriage, came the birth of her first son, Michael James, on April 22, 1948. After that marriage ended, she married Frederick DeBoer on December 25, 1954 in Danforth, Illinois and they had two children together, David Peter and Mary Lisa.After 63 years of marriage, Fred passed away October 12, 2018.



Lois was an active member of the First Reformed Church of Three Oaks, where she devoted her life to serving Christ in a variety of ways. She sang in the choir, taught catechism, helped with the church bulletin, and belonged to several groups including the Women’s Guild, Tuesday Evening Circle, and Couples’ Club (which later changed to the Rise and Shiners). Lois was compassionate towards newly wedded couples and new mothers in the church, always hosting or planning a wedding or baby shower. She would always create a custom baby quilt for a baby shower gift. But Lois will probably most lovingly be remembered as the “Cookie Lady” for providing a vast assortment of homemade cookies (including her famous rainbow ginger cookies) and coffee every Sunday morning between church and Sunday school so church goers would stay and mingle.



Lois loved her family and friends and showed that love through her words and her deeds. She was a wonderful cook and baker and her family, especially, reaped the benefits! She made use of the time she spent relaxing and listening to TV by crocheting (even afghans with family names arranged into a crossword). She also did embroidery, painting, and gardening (being especially well-known for her raspberries and strawberries).



Lois volunteered at the thrift shop and worked at her friend Ruth Limon’s daycare. She also took care of children of family friends in her home, before and after they went to school, who became her “adopted” grandkids. She adored them and had such cherished memories of those years that lasted until the day she went home to be with the Lord.



Lois will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by two sons, Michael (Linda) Mickens of Corpus Christi, Texas, David (Deb) DeBoer of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; one daughter, Mary Lubbers of Three Oaks, Michigan; grandchildren, Chad (Michelle) Mickens of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jana (Kent) Oliver of Corpus Christi, Texas, Erin (Greg) Dickenson of Bay View, Wisconsin, Megan Lubbers of Douglas, Michigan, Matthew DeBoer of San Francisco, California, Brittney DeBoer of Madison, Wisconsin; great grandchildren, Austin (Maria) Mickens, Chantz Mickens, Jaelin Mickens, Coy Mickens, Hannah Oliver, Levi Oliver, and Eli Oliver; nieces, Tanya (Donn) Cummings and Jolene Murphy; her late nephew, Greg (Kathy) Saracoff; and a host of cousins and friends.



Family and friends will gather Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:30 a.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128. The Pastor Jim King will be officiating.



Lois DeBoer will be laid to rest, in a private burial, with her husband in Riverside Cemetery, Three Oaks.



The family prefers contributions be made in Lois’ memory to Senior Nutrition Services,1708 Colfax Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022.



Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online:wagnercares.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, September 21st, 2019
    Location
    Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals
    Address
    106 Ash St East
    Three Oaks, Michigan
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, September 21st, 2019
    Location
    Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals
    Address
    106 Ash St East
    Three Oaks, Michigan
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Sue Peterson

Posted at 12:00am
I'll always remember her beautiful smile and sweet voice! And, of course, those amazing rainbow ginger cookies! She was a treasure and so very thoughtful and artistic with her crocheted items. Definitely an amazing and talented woman!
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Joseph McKie

Posted at 12:00am
I have many memories of Lois. She grew up in Illinois and told many stories of how she loved to help her Dad on he farm. My family and Lois's family grew up together and went to church together. Lois sang in the choir and was always in the kitchen of the First Reformed Church when we had potlucks.She loved to cook and we shared many meals with Lois and Fred. Everyone will remember her famous ginger bread cookies. In later years we had our church group, the rise and shiners. Lois would always come. If you didn't have a sister, you could say,, give me one like Lois......Joe McKie
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Becky Mckie Cluster

Posted at 12:00am
My condolences and love to the family. Aunt Lois had a beautiful heart and always had a wonderful way of showing hospitality. She always made us feel welcomed and loved through many conversations and many meals, with sweet treats, and with her warm smile and hugs. She also was a great Sunday School Teacher, "chief cook and bottle washer", at the First Reformed Church. Also in the Choir and we sang many wonderful hymns together. I remember her popcorn balls being handed out to us after our Christmas programs. Her ginger bread cookies will always be my favorite. What a joy she was, over a lifetime. The Lord surely blessed us with her, and now may she enjoy singing for Jesus in the heavenly choir with Patricia McKie ( my Mom ) and Betty and Bob Martin, Ann Todd, and Janet Aaron. Many blessings to the whole family. " When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see JESUS, we'll sing and SHOUT the VICTORY!"
RM

Rick Martin

Posted at 12:00am
Dear DeBoer and Mickens Family-
Deepest condolences for the loss of your dear "Ma" Lois. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. So many great memories of Lois throughout my lifetime. She was a special friend to many! God Bless. -Rick
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