Lois Stierwalt, 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Aug. 5, 2013 after suffering a stroke on July 3, 2013. Lois Elna Deater was born at Nowata, Okla., on Sept. 1, 1923, the sixth of eight children, to Earl and Florence Deater. On June 15, 1943, she was married to Gene Stierwalt. To their union, four children were born Sheryl Renfrow (Roy) of Pawhuska; Kay Barclay of Newkirk, Okla.; Mark Stierwalt of rural Pawhuska; and Mike Stierwalt (Arnetta) of Shidler, Okla. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, on Dec. 13, 1983, her parents and five of her siblings – Lester Deater, Lena Adams, Lavon Burdine, Everet Deater and Ruth Kelly.
Lois was the light of her family. As a faithful wife, devoted mother, loving grandmother and great-grandmother, she was always thinking of others first. Her prayer life was exemplary. Her family and friends knew where her strength came from. When she was questioned on any matter, her answers always gave God the credit for anything accomplished in this life.
Lois was a homemaker first and foremost; however, she did work as a Certified Nurse Aid for a short period of time at the Pawhuska Hospital and also did private home care for a number of years.
Lois leaves behind her four children, nine grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, one sister – Vesta Brayton of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; one brother – Lee Ross Deater of Georgetown, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Lois, our mom, has fought the fight and finished the race. Her family is thankful to God for the promise of eternity with Him. We will meet again.
A service celebrating Lois’ life was held at the Pawhuska Nazarene Church on Aug. 7, 2013, with Rev. Lowell Clark and Rev. Tony Siebels officiating. Burial was beside her husband at the Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery with McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home in charge.