Lois Eloise (Ockerman) Morrett was born at the hospital in Allerton, Iowa, Nov. 9, 1925, and passed to her Lord’s Heavenly Home on Nov. 19, 2017, at Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa, at the age of 92 years and 10 days.
Lois was the second of six children born to Aaron Francis and Ina Frances (Crawford) Ockerman. She was raised on a farm south of Allerton and attended elementary school at the Log Chain country school. She graduated from Allerton High School with the Class of 1943. Because of WWII, she did not attend teaching college, but was awarded a Specialty War Emergency Certificate to teach. She taught grades K-8 at the Log Chain Country School for three years.
Lois attended the Zion Hill Church while growing up, and at the age of 16, was converted and joined the Methodist Church in Allerton. Later, she transferred her membership to the First United Methodist Church in Chariton, Iowa. Lois was united in marriage to George Howard Morrett on Dec. 4, 1945, at Princeton, Mo. They lived in Chariton until their retirement. Over the years their home was blessed with seven children, Linda Marie, Evelyn Anne, William Andy, Lois Jean, Daniel George, Cynthia Sue, and James Alan.
Lois’s green thumb showed in the huge summer gardens she always grew. She canned, pickled, dried, and preserved all kinds of vegetables, jams, and jellies. She was an excellent cook and many are the people who got to taste her wares, whether at a family holiday, church potluck, or just a drop in visit. You never went hungry. She was a seamstress and made countless quilts. She held various offices at church and different organizations, and was a volunteer when the Lucas County ARC was getting their workshop organized for the handicapped. You could always count on Lois to help out. When her husband retired in 1978, they built a home near Plano, Iowa, near Lake Rathbun. There they enjoyed life in the country, still growing a garden, just not as big! They had many friends in the Heavenly Hideaway complex and watched it grow over the years. She and her husband fished Lake Rathbun and caught hundreds of fish every summer. These were cleaned, bagged, labeled, frozen, and the biggest share was given away to friends and relatives. Lois joined the Plano Wednesday Club that met once a month. They formed a Kitchen Band and entertained the shut-ins and elderly in the area. She was also a member of the Iconium United Methodist Women and was a faithful member. In 2014, she moved to rural Lucas where she lived with her daughter and husband, Evelyn and Danny, until June of 2017, when she moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Chariton. She enjoyed her time there meeting old friends and making new ones.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George; parents, Aaron and Ina Ockerman; brother, Lowell Ockerman and wife, Virginia Ann; sisters, Anna Mae Tonelli and husband, Charles and Nellie Darlene, in infancy; sons, William Andy and James Alan; daughter, Cynthia Sue and brother-in-law, William Kenneth Anderson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Linda and Charles Horton, Evelyn and Daniel Ryan, Lois Jean Jeffries, and Daniel and Ronda Morrett; grandchildren, Alec Horton, Loresa Smiarowski, Andy Horton, Marjorie Lovett, Roger Horton, Rachel DenHartog, Mary Vansice, John Jeffries, Jay Jeffries, Scott Morrett, Joe Morrett, Ben Morrett, James D. Morrett, and Andrew Morrett; 22 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; sister, Geneva Whiteley and husband, Jr.; brother, Duane Ockerman; sisters-in-law, Ruth Anderson and Doris Rosenberger and husband, David; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Lois was an ever loyal and faithful servant of the Lord. Her gentle laughter and unique letter writing will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.
A memorial service was held at the Chariton United Methodist Church on Dec. 2.
Memorials may be given to the Iconium United Methodist Church or the First United Methodist Church in Chariton.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon was in charge of arrangements.