COLUMBIA — Lois D. Lorton loved to sing and dance whenever there was a radio on. When a song came on the radio in her kitchen, she'd always sing along.
"If it were something she liked or it came on while she was fixing a meal, that's what she did," said her sister, Lurline Griggs. Even when her memory began to fade from Alzheimer's, she would sing along to the radio at the Columbia Healthcare nursing home.
When Mrs. Lorton was younger, she loved to rollerskate. Her husband, Donald Lorton, and she would skate together.
"I wouldn't be surprised if she still had the rollerskates she had when she was younger still with her," Griggs said.
Mrs. Lorton enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also loved taking care of her two grandchildren.
"She took care of the grandkids since they were born while her daughter worked," Griggs, said. "She took care of them until they were old enough to take care of themselves."
She was also a member of the Brown Station Coffee Ladies. The little group in the neighborhood would meet for coffee and visit and share stories with each other. She enjoyed going to these meetings until she became ill.
"She was a good grandmother, wife and mother," Griggs, said.
Lois D. Lorton died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. She was 78.
She was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Ashland to Harley B. and Emma Mildred Nichols.
She married Donald Lorton in Columbia on Aug. 22, 1953.
Mrs. Lorton is survived by her husband, Donald Lorton; a daughter, Deborah Melloway of Columbia; two grandchildren, Angie Melloway of Centralia and Adam Melloway and his wife, Kristle, of Hallsville; and one sister, Lurline Griggs.
A son, Dewayne Lorton; a brother, Spencer Nichols; and one sister, Laura Lee Stone died earlier.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home,1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with graveside services immediately following.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 4687 N. Mesa St. El Paso, TX 79912.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.