Lois Mae Fitzgerald
1936 - 2019
Lois Mae Fitzgerald, age 82, passed away on July 2, 2019. She was born in Hillister, TX on December 1, 1936 to Rufus Aubrey Hatton and Edna Mae Brown Hatton.
A sweet person with a beautiful heart, Lois was precious to all that knew her. She was full of love, and her love was expressed in so many ways throughout her life. She loved life, enjoying it to the fullest, especially the little things. To Lois, she would often ask herself “Is it worth it?”, and she would measure her decisions and their impact against this question. Always being there for you when you needed her, Lois had good listening ears and, in her desire to support others, gave the best advice that she could. In her heart was an inner strength that manifested itself throughout her life when it was required: becoming a motherly figure to her siblings, especially Sharon, after losing their parents; raising 4 children in California by herself; always speaking well of others and never saying a bad thing, only encouraging them to do better; and joining her heart with Jim to weave a 28 year love story that would not see one major argument, through the tough times and the good. True to her vivacious nature, she and Jim spent 12 years and put 100,000 miles on their RV and pickup. As Jim would drive, Lois would sit in the passenger’s seat, often reading one of her favorite novels or crocheting a scarf or baby blanket for the grandbabies. “Granny” loved her grandbabies, and with Jim or “Gramps”, travelled to see each of them, never missing a wedding or graduation. After Jim and her family, Lois had one other great love in her life: ice cream. She loved ice cream; it did not matter what flavor or brand, the fact that it was ice cream was enough for her, getting more upset over spilling her ice cream than losing her balance to spill it. Lois loved games; whether board games or puzzles, she enjoyed playing the game more than winning. This treasure of a lady will be missed by all that knew her. Because she asked, “Is it worth it?”, when faced with even the smallest of decisions, Lois leaves behind a priceless legacy and memories that will forever cherished.
Left to honor her memory is her loving husband of 28 years, James LaRoy “Jim” Fitzgerald; sons, Michael Trace Jordan and wife, Gwen, of Carlsbad, NM and Robert Jordan of Village Mills, TX; daughters, Donna Noone and husband, Michael, of Mojave Valley, AZ and Leslie Jordan of Las Vegas, NV; stepson, James Fitzgerald of Lumberton, TX; brothers, Garnet Hatton and wife, Debbie, of Spurger, TX and Arnold Hatton and wife, Donna, of Spurger, TX; sisters, Beverly Jordan of Kingswood, TX, Sharon Stephens and husband, James, of Silsbee, TX, and Lorelei Bingham and husband, Lee, of Spurger, TX; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a slew of in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Lois is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Wanda Ard; grandsons, Jeramy Jordan and Sean Carnahan; and step-grandson, Jaiden Fitzgerald.
Visitation with family and friends will be 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2019, at Beech Creek Baptist Church, 437 Cr 4540, Spurger, TX. Lois’s life honoring service will follow, also at the church, with Bro. Jack Llewellyn officiating and burial at Beech Creek Cemetery.