05/21/1937 - 05/27/2019
A devout Jehovah’s Witness, wife, mother, and friend, Lois Irene Ashcraft decided it was time. Stubbornly defying her late stage Alzheimer’s for years, Lois was on her own schedule. Despite the loving care of her close family and nurses, she died on Monday, May 27, 2019. She was 82.
Lois was born on 5/21/1937 to James and Elvira Murray, just a stone’s throw from where her son and daughter-in-law currently reside in Fruita, Co. The youngest of six siblings, three girls and three boys, she lived a life full of love, family, and Jehovah.
It did not take long for her to find her soulmate to help her begin her own journey, marrying David Ashcraft on 10/12/1952. In Colorado Springs. Her dreams of a full family came true soon after when their son Kelly was born. This started a landslide of family growth that gave Lois all the grandchildren and great grandchildren her heart could ask for.
She was preceded in death by her husband David, brothers Revillo, Lafe, and James; sisters Loleta, Lorene, as well as grandsons Heath and Terrance. She took comfort in knowing that they have a hope, and she would see them again in the new system. It was this love, and hope, that defined who Lois was. Unconditional, and wonderful.
She will be sorely missed by those that survive her. Son Kelly Ashcraft and daughter-in-law Marjorie, and sisters-in-law June Hendrick and Nancy Ashcraft, grandchildren Sunshine and Landon Duggins, Shannah, and Shelly. Great-grandchildren Skyler and Breana, Erin, Tiffany and Tanner, Trina, Eleanor, Gavin, Shelby, Logan, and Braxton. She touched each of their lives, as well as all her friends, Witnesses, and extended family.
Lois absolutely loved walking, bike riding, and spending any time she could with her grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing and hunting with her family, whether she caught anything or not. She often threw Pinochle parties, as well as friends and family gatherings. She was a swimmer, a water-skier, a cook, a canner, a gardener, a handywoman, and a seamstress. You name it she did it. Her love for her family was evident in the way she cared for her parents long term, and she cherished every moment with her close friends and family. She never knew a stranger, and she would do what she could to help others without a second thought.
Those that knew her well understood just what a unique and amazing person Lois was. If she talked to you, her hands were moving. She rarely spoke without gesturing and would even watch her hands while she talked. She was the cleanest person anyone had ever met, whether she white gloved her own home, or went the extra mile to ensure every corner of her home was perfect. If she studied with you, It was not uncommon for her to fall asleep midsentence, only to wake up minutes later and continue on. If you ever went to her home for dinner, she might have a cake ready for dessert, although it may slowly disappear while she cooks. And don’t eat peanuts around her, each shell would get swept up and thrown away as it hit the table.
These endearing characteristics that describe Lois were always second to her love for her God Jehovah though. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on 10/5/1952 and her journey serving him followed her entire life. If there was a meeting, she was there. If she couldn’t be, she was on the phone. Her devotion to Jehovah grew into 31 years of pioneering in the ministry, where she took every opportunity to share her love of Jehovah with others. If there was any person who truly understood what a joy it was to have a relationship with Jehovah, it was Lois. Let it give us great comfort in knowing that because of this relationship, she too has a hope for the new system.
Thank you all for joining us to celebrate such an amazing woman. A person who impacted so many lives and served and praised Jehovah with all her heart. We will be sharing love, laughter, and stories about Lois at the Grand Valley Event Center. Food and drink will be available, and directions will be at the back of the hall after the service. Thank you all, for your love for Lois, throughout her life and now after it.
Services will be held on Sat. June 8, 2019 at 2:00pm
Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness
3303 E 3/4 Road