2011-05-19 / Obituaries

Lois Fraker Stevens

Fort Littleton, 94

Lois Beryl Fraker Stevens, 94, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Woodland Retirement Community, Orbisonia, Pa., where she had been a resident for one month.

Prior to that, she had lived at her home on Walnut Lane in Fort Littleton for 72 years. She was born on June 15, 1916, in Fort Littleton to Mary Mable Gobin Fraker and John Hunter Fraker.

Brothers Paul Eugene, Leo Dale, and Cecil Francis and sisters Dorothy Maudeline Henry, Waneta Leone and Leah May preceded her in death, as did her husband, Leon Stevens.

She is survived by two brothers: Kenneth Lorraine (married to Daphne) and Howard Zane (married to Gayle); sister-in-law Janet (widow of Cecil) as well as 20 nieces and nephews and their families including: Carl and Marcella Fraker and Beth and David Gailey, Allen and Ruth Anne Henry, Doug and Nancy Henry, Sandy Land, Lin and Johnny Greathead, Joyce Henry, Shirley and Ben Harris, Ross and Elaine Henry, Rick and Cecelia Fraker, Susan and Jack Carnes, Julie Beth and Lynn Knepper, Cherry and Mark Hale, Karen and Steven Grissinger, Denny and Linda Fraker, Brian and Tammy Fraker, Johnny and Teresa Fraker, Waneta Fraker and Kent Fraker, as well as Cathy and Doug Poffenberger, Tammy and Kenny Watkins, Lori and Kevin Horner, and Deborah and Bart Davidson

In 1922 she started school at a one-room school called Slate Hill Academy in Fort Littleton, where Gertrude Brown was her first teacher. When she was 14, she continued her education at the newly-built Fort Littleton Junior High School, which still sits along Route 522. The site had been cleared by teacher Thad Winegardner and boys from the school during lunch and recess. Lois’s class was the first class to graduate in May 1932, and she was named valedictorian. For tenth grade Lois attended McConnellsburg High School, where she received her diploma in 1933. She was transported to school in a homemade bus built by Ernest Berkstresser and Johnny Divens. .

On April 5, 1939, she married Leon Willis Stevens. After their wedding they moved to Leon’s farm on Walnut Lane, where they lived a farming life until Leon died a short time after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1967. After Leon’s death Lois began her career. She served as a teacher’s aide at the Fort Littleton Elementary School (Dublin Township Consolidated) until the school was cut back to six grades. Following that she became a companion to several senior citizens. She genuinely enjoyed caring for others, and she proved to be a reliable companion.

She was a lifelong member of Fort Littleton Methodist Church, and she also attended the senior citizens center at Hustontown on a daily basis, where she enjoyed working on crafts and socializing with friends.

During her employment as a teacher’s aide, she began to travel. Over the years she traveled to many countries in Europe, including all of the British Isles, as well as France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Czechoslovakia. She also visited Russia and India and all but two of the United States: Nevada and Wyoming. Her traveling companion was Sarah Shaw, a woman who remained friends with Lois even after their traveling days ended. She was an avid fan of crocheting, and she made afghans for many, many relatives. She also enjoyed quilting.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. at Clear Ridge United Methodist Church. Rev. Dennis Fraker will officiate. Funeral arrangements are by M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Inc.

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