TRAVERSE CITY — Lois Elaine Meagher, 91, of Traverse City and formerly of Pontiac, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Arbor House on Old Mission Peninsula. Lois was born on Oct. 15, 1920, to the late Samuel and Myrtle (Hayes) Kirby in Duluth, Minn.
At a tender age Lois met a childhood friend who became the love of her life, and in 1939 she entered into marriage with Peter Meagher II in Rockford, Ill.
Peter and Lois relocated to Pontiac, where they made their home and began life together. Lois' days were quickly filled with the addition of six children. She worked hard to raise the family and looked after the home, always maintaining a quiet strength to keep everything and everyone in order.
Lois would often be found filling time with a new needlepoint project or expanding on her remarkable sewing skills.
In later years Lois and Peter retired to Traverse City, where she continued to be active, volunteering her time and staying involved helping others through R.S.V.P. Lois also enjoyed quilting with friends and often could express her artistic talents hand painting beautiful china dishes and dolls.
Lois was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and will be remembered for her caring and humble nature by those who had the opportunity to know her.
Lois is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, Peter Meagher II, of Traverse City; five children, Kirby "Skip" (Janet) Meagher, Joan (Alan Reiner) Meagher Bacon, Peter (Martha) Meagher III, Kathy (Jason) Hunt and Timothy Meagher; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; as well as many other loving family members and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Patricia Crake-Hardy.
A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at St. Francis Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Kenneth Stachnik will officiate. Graveside committal services will be held at All Saints Cemetery in Waterford on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools.
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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.