Lois N. Mote, age 89, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 8:53 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born April 16, 1921 in Laud, Jefferson Township, she was a daughter of Otto and Dessie (Roberts) Ward.
Raised in Laud, she graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1938. On Feb. 24, 1940 she was united in marriage to Donald L. Mote in Laud. Former residents of Huntington and Indianapolis, Lois and Donald purchased the general store in Dunfee. After selling the grocery store, Don and Lois moved to St. Joe, Ill. where they lived until 1971 when they moved to Fort Wayne. After the death of her husband in 1999, Lois moved to Columbia City to be near her daughter, Vicki and family.
She formerly worked for the Coil Factory in Roanoke; Paterson-Fletcher Clothing Store, Fort Wayne; assisted her husband in the grocery business in Dunfee; and for Dennis Research in Fort Wayne. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing euchre and watching IU basketball until she became a resident of The Oaks in 2004.
Survivors include her two daughters, Vicki Lynn (Dane) Hosler of Columbia City and Patricia “Pat” (Arlan) Gilmeister of Hastings, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jodi (Jim) Auge of St. Mary’s, Ga., Jill Roy of Cottage Grove, Minn., Denise (Tim) Hearld of Larwill, Scott (Amy) Stansbery of Columbia City and Ashlee Hosler of Fishers; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Mote; sisters, Peggy Binkley and Elma Simcoe; infant sister, Hazel Ward; brothers, Glen and Ralph Ward; and infant brothers, Walter and Ira Ward.
Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Jefferson Chapel (Sand Bank) Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Mote to the donor’s choice of charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.demoneygrimes.com .