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Lois A (Pelser) Smith

September 27, 1930 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Lois Smith Obituary

Lois A. Smith was born on September 27, 1930 in Steel City, Kansas, the youngest of 8 children born to Albert and Amy (Walburn) Pelser. She passed away peacefully with her family at her side on October 27, 2023 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 93 years. Her family moved to Oregon, settling in Milton Freewater. Lois graduated from McLoughlin High School. She married Ralph Moon in 1947. They moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon where they raised their 3 children until moving to Hermiston, Oregon in 1957. Lois worked for Inland Empire Bank for many years. They moved to Pendleton, Oregon in 1971 and Ralph preceded her in death in 1978. Lois married Tom Smith in 1984. She worked as a bookkeeper for Stewart’s Market and Stangier Auto until she retired in 1992. Tom preceded her in death in 2006. Lois returned to Hermiston, Oregon in 2020 to be near family.

She was a member of the Pendleton Emblem Club, Pendleton Eagles, Side Saddlers and an active member of the Eagles Camper Club.

Lois was an avid hunter, with her proudest accomplishment was bagging a 6 point bull elk on her 80th Birthday. She also loved fishing and camping, pulling her trailer on Eagles Camping trips well into her 80's. Lois was well known for her woodworking skills, building dozens of unique birdhouses and large yard ornaments.

Lois was a fiercely independent and determined lady. She was always very involved with several projects going at any one time.  Lois loved socializing, entertaining, dancing, a good party and above all cherished time with her family. She was always proud of being part of a 5 generation family when her family was all together.        

She is survived by her daughter: Cindy Edwards (Gary), Hermiston, OR; son: David Moon (Tina), Helena, MT; 7 grandchildren: 12 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lois was preceded in death by her husbands, daughter: Marlene, granddaughter: Amy, her parents, brother: Keith, sisters: Claire, Mildred, Marian, Jean and Doris.

Contributions in Lois’ memory may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023 at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon. 

Burial will follow around 12:30 P.M. at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton, Oregon.

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Funeral Service
November 6, 2023

11:00 AM
Burns Mortuary Chapel
685 W. Hermiston Ave.
Hermiston, OR 97838

Graveside Service
November 6, 2023

12:30 PM
Skyview Memorial Park

Pendleton, Oregon 97801


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