Lois Virginia (James) Garner

Lois Virginia (James) Garner of Fleming Island, FL passed away on August 25, 2019 at the age of 94.  Lois was born on April 4, 1925 in Stratford, TX to Mettie Taylor James and Walter Peleg James. She spent her childhood splitting her time between the ranch at Kerrick, TX and the home at Stratford.  She was the “bonus” baby born with her twin brother Louis “Buddy” James. The youngest of 10 children, she was known as “Baby Lois” all her life. She graduated from Stratford High School. She attended college to become a teacher.

Lois met Carl Raymond Garner in Dalhart, TX in 1947 while she was there to teach school.  They were married on September 13, 1947. In July of 1952, they welcomed a daughter, Patricia Sue.  In 1962, they adopted a daughter, Margaret “Leann”, at the age of 7. Both daughters graduated from Boise City High School.

Together, Carl and Lois owned and ran the John Deere dealership “Cimarron Implement” in Boise City from 1951 to 1995. After retiring, they traveled all over the world, but their favorite travels were to visit their daughters and grandchildren. Lois and Carl were married for 56 years until his passing in 2003.

Lois found joy in painting, quilting and baking. Many family members were the proud recipients of her paintings and quilts and cherish those gifts dearly. She volunteered at the local historical museum and senior citizens center. She was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. She was a co-leader of her daughters’ troops.  She loved her time playing Bridge with the ladies of Boise City. She enjoyed studying history and created her family tree dating back to the Mayflower.

Lois is preceded in death by her parents Mettie and Walter P. James; her brothers Jesse, Walter (Peachy), Andy, Tom, Frank, Joe Bob, Newton, Louis (Buddy); her sister Fannie Sue; and her beloved husband Carl.

She is survived by her daughters Patricia and husband Joe Fowler of Middleburg, Florida and Leann and husband Terry Judah of Yukon, Oklahoma. She will be remembered with love by her four grandchildren and their families:  Tacey and husband Rodney Zimmerman of Yukon, Oklahoma; Shane and wife Ginny Fowler of Vero Beach, Florida; Lesley and husband Joshua Ogle of Commerce City, Colorado; and Christopher Fowler of Orange Park, Florida. She also was blessed with 10 great grandchildren whom she loved very much: Gavin Clodfelter; Maleah, Lane and Autry Zimmerman all of Yukon, OK; Brooklyn, Lila and Beau Fowler of Vero Beach, FL; Benjamin and Iain Ogle of Commerce City, CO; and Caleb Fowler of Orange Park, FL.

There will be a viewing from 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Boxwell Brothers in Stratford, Texas, followed by a Graveside Service at 11:00 AM at Stratford Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Stratford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

11 Replies to “Lois Virginia (James) Garner”

  1. Thank you Leigh Ann….we always enjoyed your family too….your parents were such good friends to my parents….

  2. Lois was a great supporter of Boise City organizations and volunteers. I so appreciated her verbal support of many activities for the museum and always welcomed her help and so enjoyed working with her from girl scout days until she moved. A faithful servant of the Lord

  3. I am sorry I will miss the viewing and service. My Uncle Albert and I were just talking about Lois two weekends, ago. Wondering where she was and how she was doing. My wife, Joanna, and I always enjoyed visiting with Carl and Lois at family reunions. I don’t remember them ever missing one. Joanna worked with one of Lois’ childhood schoolmates (Dr. Ullum), so they always had something to talk about. Lois was always so full of energy and we hope that continued in recent years.

  4. Carl and Lois and the girls were always so much fun. So many great memories of our families spending time together. Love and prayers to Patricia, Leann and all the family.

  5. So many fond memories of Lois along with Carl, and my parents. They were so funny together and had some great traveling adventures together. I will always cherish the memories I have of Lois. She was one of the sweetest ladies I have known. Prayers to Patricia and Leann and your families. She will be missed.

  6. Faded old memory. She and my brother, Bob Brown, had a date for a prom, or something special. First date for both, I think. Anyway, her Father sent one of her brothers along with them. Also last date as I remember as someone 7 years younger. Remember as such a pretty young lady.

  7. Oh Lois so many memories with you and Mother, bridge, teas and just neighboring. Then enjoyed the times with Dana and the Sunday naps. We miss you and wish you Gods speed. Prayers for all the family.

  8. Lois was the greatest, funny, wise and generous. I won’t forget the laughs we shared and the timely advice❤️

  9. Lois and Carl were such kind people and wonderful “down the street” neighbors. She was a bright light and positively impacted the lives of many. Condolences to family and friends.

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