Lois Goettsche Meredith passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Mill Creek Village Assisted Living. Lois was born Oct. 9, 1936, in Davenport, Iowa, to Konrad Goettsche and Malinda Mangels Goettsche. When her mother passed away in 1938 and left her father with five children to raise, Lois lived with her aunt and uncle until her father remarried in 1941. She then moved back home with her family and started kindergarten.
In 1945, her family moved from the Davenport area to a farm in Davis County, Iowa. She and her siblings attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade and then went to high school in Moulton, Iowa. She graduated in 1954 as valedictorian of her class.
Following graduation from high school, Lois attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines where she received a Bachelor’s of Secretarial Science. While she was still a student, she was asked to fill in for her shorthand teacher who was moving away until they hired a replacement. She ended up teaching shorthand at AIB for nine months before marrying Gene Meredith, a former student. They were married on June 10, 1956, at the Methodist church in Grinnell, Iowa.
They lived in Grinnell area for 10 years where they were both employed at GTE’s Midwest Headquarters. In 1966, Gene was transferred to the GTE office in Columbia which became their permanent home.
Lois worked for the Columbia Public Schools for 10 years and then moved to MFA Incorporated — the home office of the largest farm cooperative in Missouri — and was employed there for 24½ years as Administrative Assistant to the senior vice president of corporate operations and was also secretary and treasurer of the MFA Foundation. She took great pride in her shorthand and secretarial skills. She retired Dec. 31, 2001. She was honored with these words: Enthusiastic about life, her family and her job; hardworking, prompt, dependable and loyal. A friend once said that Lois was fiercely loyal to the people she loved.
Gene and Lois have two children, both graduates of the University of Missouri.
Their daughter Joni was an elementary school teacher for 22 years and now is employed by a mechanical construction firm. Her husband Daniel is managing architect for the University of Missouri health care system. They have three children, Katie, Nathan and Kristin, and two granddaughters. They live on Daniel’s family farm east of Columbia.
Their son Greg is employed at State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. His wife Angela is also an elementary school teacher. They live in Jefferson City. Greg and Angela have four children, Meghan, Malinda, Marshall Blake and Morgan, and two grandchildren.
Gene and Lois celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary June 10, 2013.
Gene passed away Aug. 29, 2013.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, her brother Charles Goettsche, her sister Caroline Archer, her brother Roy Goettsche and her husband Gene.
Visitation for Lois will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Memorial Funeral home in Columbia. The funeral service will follow at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Central Missouri Food Bank.
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