Lois Lane Allen

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January 9, 1933 ~ May 17, 2020

Born in: Pittsburgh, Kansas
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Lois Lane Allen was the epitome of a woman who loved her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her community, and her church. She was a lifelong educator who taught public elementary, middle, and high school over a 45-year period, only taking time away to spend with her young children. Lois passed away on Sunday, May 17, in her home in Lawrenceville where she and her husband lived independently. She was 87 years old.
Lois graduated from Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University) in 1955. She had a job lined up to teach in California but met Woodrow Allen on March 6, 1955, and fell in love at first sight. She and Woody were married three months later on June 25 in Springfield, Missouri. Woody was in the Army stationed at Fort Smith, Arkansas, where they started their life together. Lois taught over the years in Arkansas, Missouri, California, and Georgia. She was Gwinnett County Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 1992-93 school year. Lois earned her Master of Education from the University of Georgia in 1986. She retired from the Gwinnett County School System in 2000 at age 67.

Lois and Woody were married for 64 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, and 1 day. Woody has this memorized in his head and in his heart. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Kimberley Smith is a Project Manager for Perficient in Business Analytics and Big Data. Keith Allen retired as a Vice President from Coca-Cola and currently manages his own company principally investing in start-up/early stage businesses. Jennifer Cragin is a school teacher at Crews Middle School in Gwinnett County teaching 6th Grade Social Studies.

Lois and Woody decided to move from California back to Woody’s home of Atlanta, Georgia, when pregnant with their first child in 1958. They’ve made their home in Georgia ever since. After moving to Gwinnett County in 1978, they became totally committed to supporting their church home at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. Lois taught Sunday school, and she and Woody have been leaders in their adult Sunday school, The Joy Class. She served several times as a lay person delegate to the North Georgia United Methodist Conference.

In addition to being a church volunteer, Lois also devoted much of her time after retirement to volunteering for Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Authority as the Chairperson. Under her leadership, Gwinnett Parks won the 2014 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. In 2018, Lois was honored with the Gwinnett County Shining Star Award for her lifetime of outstanding service to the improvement of the quality of life and communities within Gwinnett County. She graciously accepted the award in honor of all of the award recipients. Lois has a dedicated bench at Tribble Mill Park and a new dedicated pavilion at Alexander Park. Another award presented to Lois for her community efforts was the Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR of Lawrenceville 2012 Community Service Award for her stewardship of the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation System. Starting with a handful of properties in 1987, the county can now boast of approximately 47 properties thanks, in part, to her diligence.

Lois was born January 9, 1933, in Pittsburg, Kansas. Her parents were Floyd and Bertha Holt. Lois’s father was a Methodist minister which led her to be involved in church activities in her youth. Growing up with her three brothers and two sisters meant there was fun, encouragement, and guidance all the time.

In addition to her husband, Woody, she is survived by her daughter, Kim; Kim’s partner, Steven Fulkerson; son, Keith; daughter, Jennifer; son-in-law, Mark Cragin; grandson, Elliott Smith; grandson, Alex Smith; granddaughter, Zoe Allen; grandson, James Cragin; and granddaughter, Emily Cragin. She is also survived by two siblings including a sister, Virginia Downing, and a brother, Stan Holt. She was predeceased by a sister, Jean Davis, and two brothers, Milford Holt and Roland Holt.

A Celebration of Life Service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville or a charity or organization of your choice.

Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. (770)277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com

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  1. I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. You are in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers.

  2. Praying for the Allen family. Sure enjoyed sitting across the aisle from Lois and Woody in 11:00 service at LFUMC.

  3. Glynn and I extend our very deepest sympathy to Woody and all the family. We regret that we only knew Lois 43 years and envy those who knew her longer. Things will never be the same in Oakland North! We will certainly keep you in our prayers.

  4. I am so sorry to hear this. Miss Lois was one of my absolute favorite people at church. She was always so smart and so young at heart. Prayers for all of your family ♥️

  5. CandleImageAlways a delight and pleasure to speak with, Miss Lois was the epitome of a genuine, caring and generous person. Heart of gold filled with love and pride for her grandchildren, she will be missed. May she Rest In Peace in the hands of her Savior.

  6. CandleImageLois was a beautiful lady, inside and out and a great Bible teacher. I enjoyed her interesting presentation of the Bible study in the Joy class. Love and prayers to Woody and the family in the loss of this sweet, dear, lovely lady.

  7. CandleImageWhat a great loss we feel but also rejoice in knowing Lois is with our Lord. I always enjoyed UMW with Lois. She was such a sharp and dedicated lady and I always loved working with her. She will be truely missed.
    Susie Kennedy

  8. CandleImageThank you, Lois, you brightened our days anytime we got to talk. Will miss all of your fun stories and your teaching us the importance of caring and being helpers.
    I will miss you but look forward to seeing you again without tears or pain. Love you and Woody soooo much!

  9. We will miss Lois, especially her smile! Knowing her through UMW and the Gwinnett County Parks was a privilege!

  10. The world is a sadder place today because she is gone, but the world is a better place because she lived among us.

  11. How blessed I was to know Lois Allen. She was a true servant to God, community, friends and family. Whenever there was something that needed to be done Lois would jump in to offer help and support. Lois, you will be missed here, but we rejoice that you are in your forever home!

  12. CandleImageLois was an amazing woman and I am grateful I got to know her and see her passion for the parks and the community. She will be dearly missed.

  13. Woody, Thinking of you and praying for your comfort. I hope you feel
    God’s grace and peace in this difficult time.

  14. Such a gracious lady with a servant’s heart. Lois will be missed for sure. Sorry for your loss, Woody. May God Bless You and Your Families.

  15. CandleImageIt was such a pleasure working with Lois through GCREA, our retired educators organization. She served as President from 2003-2004 and continued always to be actively involved. We will miss her enthusiasm and encouragement. She will be in my memory forever.

  16. Our sincere sympathy and prayers to Woody and Family upon learning of Lois’ passing. She was such an uplifting wife and mother and always eager to help in any situation. She was always so proud of her family.

  17. I remember Miss Lois as a dedicated educator who always had a smile and kind word for everyone.

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