Oct. 14, 1920 – March 4, 2018
Lois Fern Messerschmidt was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Dundy County to Ralph and Nellie (Nesmith) Miller. She passed away March 4, 2018, at Heritage of Emerson, in Emerson, Nebraska, at the age of 97 years.
Lois grew up near Wauneta, Nebraska, where she graduated from high school. She then entered nurses training at Bethel Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After receiving her R.N. degree, she worked for three years at Greeley County Hospital. In 1941, at the start of World War II, she enlisted in the U. S. Navy at Mare Island and served 1 ½ years.
It was there she met her Marine patient, Smitty. They were married in California, New Year’s Eve 1945. Following their discharge in late 1945, they bought a farm in Missouri, where they lived for 26 years. Lois worked for 13 years at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, and then 13 years as the Director of Nursing at the hospital in Lamar, Missouri.
In 1977, they sold their farm and moved to Oakland, Nebraska. In 1978, Lois began working at the Oakland Hospital and retired after 17 years at the age of 75 years. In 2002, they moved to Branson, Missouri, for 6 ½ years and returned to Oakland in 2007 to retire.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, Smitty; an infant son; one sister; and one brother.
Survivors include her brother, Ed Miller of Denver; sisters, Rita Manlove of Mesa, Arizona, Ila Gilbert of Walnut Creek, California; 12 nieces and nephews; a host of friends.
The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends and a prayer service at 5 p.m., all at Pelan Funeral Services Oakland. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Emerson.
Memorials are suggested to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland and Oakland Mercy Hospital.