Lois Marie Miller was born July 28, 1935 at the home of her grandparents just north of Mooreland, Oklahoma. Lois’s parents were Scott & Clara Miller. She lived on the farm with her parents, her sisters & brothers. When the schools were consolidated, they made their home in Mooreland. She attended the Mooreland schools & graduated in 1954. Following graduation, she married Ralph Loren Devous. To this union, two children were born, a son, Arnold Ray Devous, and a daughter, Jeri Lea Devous. They moved around with the oilfield, living first one place & then, the other wherever there was work. They returned to live in Mooreland in 1962.
Lois went to Beaches Beauty College & became a licensed cosmetologist & worked a short time in that profession. Realizing this was not a self-rewarding profession, she later started to work in the health profession. This was where she belonged. She has always cared about other people & being able to help them physically, mentally & spiritually. With much encouragement from doctors, nurses & other staff members at the Mooreland Community Hospital & the encouragement of her children, she started nursing school. She graduated from the school of Licensed Practical Nursing in 1972. She has been very active in the health care profession by working in the hospitals, doctor offices & nursing home. In fact, she would not give up working in the profession that she loved so much until she was past 70 years old. Then, it was with great regret as she loved to help others so much. Due to her health, she finally decided that perhaps she had better let the younger generation do the work. She remained concerned about the residents in the nursing home where she had worked so many years. She would go to visit them & try to encourage them & make life a little better for them even at that time. Lois was a member of the First Christian Church in Mooreland & believed that everyone must put God first in their lives. She set a wonderful example of living & believing in the Word & those who know her would come to her when the needed support & prayer. This was one of the things she liked about her work, she could witness, not only to the patients or residents, but also to her coworkers. The thing that made her most happy was the fact that she had two wonderful children that she said had not ever gave her any trouble. They were so easy to take care of & love, nurture & teach. She always said, & everyone agreed with her, that she just literally grew up with her children. She became a single mom & she & the children were even closer after this because she had much more time to spend with them. Arnold & Jeri each got married & had children of their own. Now, Lois’s life really was complete as she soon had grandchildren also. She was so excited & so happy that both of her children were living a Christian life & bringing up their children in a Christian home. She never ran out of love for her family & enjoyed being with them & doing things together or just visiting. She enjoyed reading & studying the bible & other spiritual books and also enjoyed reading medical information. She always believed in sorting out the priorities in life & put God first in her life & then, family & then, work.
She has one Son, Arnold Ray Devous, & his wife, Marla Devous. She also has one daughter, Jeri Lea Curtner. She has 3 grandsons: Jason Curtner & his wife, Jennifer Curtner, with one Great grandson, Luke Curtner, Aaron Curtner & Grant Devous, and one granddaughter, April Curtner. She has one living sister, Ruby Ricks, Is the Last of her Generation! She was preceded in death by a grandson Scott William Devous. Also, her parents, Scott & Clara Miller, & 3 sisters: Bonnie Davidson (and her husband Leroy Davidson), Maxine Dillinger, Verda Gantz (and her husband “Sparky” Gantz). Also: 2 brothers Loren Miller and Delmer Miller (and Wife Norma Miller).
She will be remembered as a loving & caring mother, aunt, cousin, friend, supervisor, co-worker & sister in Christ. If she were here today, she would say to you “Get your priorities in line & make yourself right with God & let the Holy Spirit guide you through life. Don’t let material things be of great importance in your life, it is the Spiritual things that count,” Always think, what would Jesus do if he were in my place. Jesus (The Holy Spirit) lives within us. We can know what he wants us to do.
Written by Lois Marie Roedell. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home 1208 South Main in Sapulpa.
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