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Obituary for Lois Ann Whitaker

Obituary of Lois Ann Johnson Whitaker

Lois Ann Johnson Whitaker
August 24, 1928 - December 16, 2023

Our wonderful mom, Lois was born on August 24, 1928, in Portland, Oregon to Robert and Anna Johnson. We all wish she could have lived forever, but December 16th, 2023, at just 95 years old, she died peacefully surrounded by family. Lois was a 1946 graduate of Albany High School, attended Linfield College where she was the Queen of the “Sweetheart Ball” in 1947, and graduated from Corban College at the age of 82 . . . yes, she was amazing!

Lois fell in love and married Harold Whitaker in May 1952, and they shared their lives together until Harold passed away in September of 2006. They owned several businesses: The Decorated Wall in Dallas, A & W’s as well as other restaurants in Salem until they claimed to retire in 1997.

Lois enjoyed reading a book a day for most of her adult life (yes, she was amazing), quilting, traveling, music, and especially spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Lois is survived by a GIANT family that all believe she was the greatest person that has ever lived - besides Jesus of course!

Her 5 daughters: Julia Rose (Tony), Karen Palmer (Bob), Cindy Friesen, Jan Winters (Dave), Marcy Wellman (Mark) . . . each claim they were her favorite!

Her 13 grandchildren: Angela Castano (Jason), JD Winters (Crystal), Katie Barbar (Jon), Tyler Winters (Jillian), Erika Balcazar (Emmanuel), Ashley Cain (Nick), Libby Moon (Jeffrey), Cory Wellman (Shelby), Alexa Braunworth (Peter), Jordan Friesen (Jerolyn), Jared Wellman (Baily), Taylor Eisenhower (Mark), Matthew Friesen (Caitlyn) . . . all adored and loved her deeply.

And . . . 39 great-grandchildren, each one knew they were special to her and loved making her special things that she would proudly display on her walls.

As you can tell, Lois Ann Johnson Whitaker will be so deeply missed. She loved Jesus and is with Him now - what an amazing thought! We know she was greeted by our dad and so many friends that had gone before her. Every one of her family members listed above loves Jesus too - so we have great hope knowing we will see her again!

Our entire family want to thank Sweet Bye N Bye, where our mom lived for the last 3 years. They loved her and took good care of her . . . we are forever grateful for the wonderful care she received.

A private graveside service will be held in January for the family.

Those who wish to send memorial gifts may make contributions in Lois’ name to Southwest Washington GAP Foundation providing food and basic needs to youth and families.
Southwest Washington GAP Foundation
c/o Cindy Friesen
966 E 15th Circle
La Center, WA 98629