Lois Kirtley, 76, of Kingwood, passed away January 5, 2011. Lois was born in Montgomery County, TX to William Elgin Gilmore and Nannie Belle McShan. She attended Splendora High School. An extremely hard-working woman, Lois raised her kids and had a distinguished 42-year career with the Port Terminal Railroad, earning awards in the transportation industry and motivating others to do the same. As a member of the Kingwood United Methodist Church and past president of the Wesley Class, Lois was a born leader. After retirement, she served on many community boards. Lois valued life and took pleasure in sharing it with her family and friends. Computers and technology never intimidated Lois. At the age of 75, she learned to text her grandchildren! An avid gardener, she constantly beautified the space around her; if you didn’t plant it, she would plant it for you! She frequented casinos, threw many parties, organized community gatherings, enjoyed a good time, loved the outdoors, took care of the sick, and comforted those in need. Outgoing, contagious smile, helping hand and listening ear; Lois befriended many. Whether in her immediate community or around Houston, everyone that ever met Lois Kirtley was affected by her kindness and generosity. She was a source of leadership and guidance, touching many lives and was an example for her family and others to strive and follow. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mildred Molonari and Mary Frances Hale, and brothers Marvin Gilmore and Raymond Lester Gilmore. Lois is survived by two children, three granddaughters, one grandson and three great granddaughters. A memorial service will be held at Kingwood United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 5, at 11a.m. Fellowship to follow.

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