Lois was born November 10, 1922 in Lincoln, Neb. to Merton and Lodema Campbell, the second of five daughters. She grew up and attended school in Temple City, Calif. Lois married William (Bill) Berry September 16, 1947. After seeing the Ramona Pageant in 1953 in rural Hemet, Calif., they moved to Hemet to start a new life and raise their family.
Lois was never one to sit still very long. Besides enjoying gardening and yard work, along with tending to various forms of livestock, she became active in the Presbyterian Church, P.E.O, the Hospital Auxiliary, Assistance League, PTA, Junior Women’s Club, the American Foreign Students (AFS) and several bridge clubs. She also ushered for many years at the Ramona Pageant. All of this while raising three children and working at various times for the local power company and before retirement being personal secretary to the founder of Agri-Empire of San Jacinto, Calif.
During their days of traveling in their RV throughout the U.S., Bill and Lois fell in love with the rugged northwest and with the enthusiasm that took them to Hemet many years ago, retired to Heron in 1991. Lois quickly became involved with local groups, particularly the Heron Community Center and the Senior Citizens Center. She also loved square dancing, quilting, and if there was something to be involved in, she was. Lois was a long time member of Wednesday Women’s and took several trips with friends to Bozeman for Women’s Week. She dearly loved playing bridge in Clark Fork, Idaho with her husband.
It was important to Lois to keep relatives in touch through family reunions, many relatives from near and far would travel to Heron for the best family reunions. Lois and Bill were Grand Marshals in the Heron parade several times through the years. In the summer of 2014, their AFS student from Austria, Georg, came to Heron for a wonderful visit. Lois dearly loved Heron and the many wonderful friends she made over the years and her family will continue to cherish these friends.
Lois fondly remembers her time with the First Class of Women Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine was not lost on her. She had the opportunity to join the Montana Honor Flight, along with daughter Mindy in 2013. The honor bestowed on our World War II veterans was outstanding and well deserved. This was one of the absolute highlights of her life.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Jean Whalley and Joan Thompson.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Berry of Heron; daughter, Mindy and sons, Steve (Janna) Berry of Calif. and Greg (Debbie) Berry of Hawaii; three grandchildren, Chris Berry, Susie Canchola and Travis Caines; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kay Merriam and Heidi Estep and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at a later date in Heron.
Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements. Please visit Lois’s online memorial at lakeviewfuneral.com and sign her guest book.