Lois (Deardorff) Holland, 96, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015, in Kaiser North Hospital in Sacramento, California.
Lois was born with her twin sister, Loise, in Southeast Kansas on November 24, 1919 and grew up with her parents, Ray and Elva Deardorff, and siblings, brother Dean and sister Loise, in Waldo, Kansas, through the time of her graduation from High School at Waldo in 1938. She later moved to California to be closer to her brother and with the onset of World War II became a civilian employee at the airplane repair facility at McClellan Field located near Sacramento, California, where the infamous B-25’s used in the Doolittle bombing raid on Tokyo were modified and prepared for deployment. Her mechanical aptitude gained her the opportunity to serve as an engine inspector at this facility.
It was during her time at McClellan where she met her adult life long friend, Beverly Hill (Searg), then a Sergeant in the military, and her husband, “Curly” Holland. To this union was born a son, Dana, on September 24, 1945. After the end of World War II and the death of her husband, she provided for her family by working at notable department stores and camera shops in the Sacramento area until her retirement. After retirement, she moved to Garden Valley, California where she lived with her Father and Beverly until both had passed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Elva Deardorff, husband “Curly”, her brothers, Paul and Dean, and sister Loise. She leaves her son Dana and wife Darlene, grandsons Scott and Jason and wife Denise, and great-grandchildren Kevin and Katlan, her niece Lois Dee Valente, and nephews Merle Deardorff, Howard Bean, Ted Bean and their families.
A memorial service to celebrate Lois' life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Amherst Church in Waldo, Kansas, with Pastor Les Rye officiating. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is assisting the family with the arrangements.