ELK RAPIDS — Lois May Nevin, one of the best of the Greatest Generation, born Aug. 14, 1925, in Elk Rapids, to James Leslie “Les” and Minnie (Wilson) Grider, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning, April 27, 2013. She had recently been assisted in her home by Wanda Siwirski, a friend and companion, who helped her to be comfortable, maintain her dignity and be as active as she could. Lois’s family greatly appreciated Wanda’s loving care.
Lois graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1943 and joined the Cadet Nurse Corps Program, leaving for Chicago and Jackson Park Hospital, where she worked and attended nursing school until graduation in December of 1946. As one of the nurses who graduated from the program after the end of World War II, she was attached to the United States Public Health Service, where she finished her service to her country. She fulfilled her service obligation by working as a Registered Nurse in several hospitals and by making home visits in Cook County, Ill.
During her United States Public Health service Lois treated a patient by the name of Florence Nevin who had a son in the Marine Corps. Lois and Roy Nevin enjoyed an immediate attraction and true love that led to their marriage in Elk Rapids on Aug. 23, 1947. This was the beginning of a lifetime friendship and sharing of their lives.
In 1952 Lois, with her husband Roy, formed Florence Nightingale Nursery School in Chicago, Ill. Roy was more active in the business upon his return from serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Several of her nursing friends and teachers worked there nurturing young children in the area, including her own daughter, Christine who was spoiled by the nurses and teachers. Her dad, Les Grider, built nap cots for the kids and unique rocking boats that turned over to make stair steps for the youngsters to practice climbing. Lois loved her father greatly and always appreciated his carpentry skills and help with the fledgling nursery school. Roy supported the school by driving the “woody” station wagon to pick up and deliver children from the school before and after going to his own job. Lois operated the school until 1956 when the family moved to the southwest side of Chicago. She concentrated on building her family by adding Laura and Mike. With the growing family she spent more of her time working at home.