Lois Aneida Clause Patterson Strieby, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Lakeview Gardens. Lois dedicated her life to her family, her church and her community.
Lois was born in Klamath Falls, Sept. 12, 1923, to Clerfé J. and Erma A. (Tranmell) Clause.
Raised in Lakeview, Lois was very active in high school: she held class offices, was on the annual and newspaper staffs, drill team (including two years as drill master) and in honor society. She acted in several school plays. A member of Lakeview’s first Girl Scout troop, Lois also was a member of the G.G.G. club, a local high school sorority. In 1940 she had the honor of attending the first year of Girls State in Silverton. Graduating in 1941, Lois was the class valedictorian and also a Daly Fund recipient.
Lois attended the University of Oregon where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was president her senior year. In addition to serving as the University’s Student Religious Council president, Lois was president of the Westminster House. Lois graduated in 1945 with honors and was elected into the academic honor society of Phi Beta Kappa.
Lois then moved to Berkeley, Calif., where she attended the University of California. Earning a teaching certificate in secondary education, she taught English for three years and remedial reading for one in the Oakland system. In 1947, Lois married H. Wade Patterson, a health physicist who was employed by the University of California at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. They had three boys: Stephen, Don, and Bruce.
After she and Wade divorced, she moved back to Lakeview in 1969 and married Dr. Bill Strieby. Together they raised a “his and hers” family of five which included Bill’s children, Jerry and Charlys. The Striebys supported their children and Lakeview youth in general through the 4-H, swim team, ski team and Boy Scout years.
In addition to her roles as wife and mother, Lois immediately became involved in several groups and activities. Lakeview’s chapter of the American Association of University Women was on the verge of disbanding when Lois first came back. Urging the group to retain their affiliation, she invigorated the club which is still active today.
In 1970, at the direction of the hospital administrator, Lois established the Lake District Hospital Auxiliary and served as its first president. A founding member of the Lake County Library Endowment Fund, Lois served on its board.
In 1971, she was a member of the Kindergarten Study Committee which successfully promoted the addition of public kindergarten to Lake County School District #7. The district had public kindergarten nearly 30 years before Oregon madated it. As a former teacher and mom of five,
Lois was always interested in education and touted its importance and value. She spent three terms on the Lakeview school board, serving as its chair from 1977 through 1982. Lois also was elected to several terms on the Lake County Education Service District board.
As a board member of the Opportunity Shop which was established in 1965, Lois helped local church groups organize monthly staffing of the shop as well as working when the Presbyterians were in charge.Lois was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church.
Lois also served on an advisory committee, assessing senior citizens’ needs which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Lakeview Senior Center.Realizing that Lakeview desperately needed some low income housing, a group of citizens, including Lois, applied for federal grants to establish a residential building for the elderly and
low-income people. In 1974 ground was broken for the construction of such a facility. She was general partner and manager of the Aspen Court apartments for about 15 years.
In 2018, Lois was honored to receive the Ruby Award, one of the Soroptimists highest honors, in recognition of her service as a woman who was an inspiration and made extraordinary differences in the lives of others. In 1982, Lois received the Senior First Citizen Award from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her outstanding community service record.
In her golden years, Lois was especially blessed by trusted companion, special friend, and assistant, Ibeth Herrera. In a sublime completion of her cycle, Lois was blessed with an outpouring of steadfast support, encouragement, understanding, and love from the community, her church, and family, who all so deeply cared for her. As she progressed through each stage toward her departure from this realm, the courage, grace, dignity, and radiance she displayed served as inspiration to all who knew her.
Preceding Lois in death were: husband, Bill; her parents; brother, Don Clause; and nephew Doug Clause.
She is survived by: son, Stephen Patterson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Pam Patterson of Corvallis, Mont., Bruce and Jan Patterson of Camas, Wash. and Jerry and Bonnie Strieby of Soldotna, Alaska; daughter, Charlys Kempton of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren, Nathan Strieby (Sierra), Matthew Strieby (Katie), Jerry-Bill Kempton, Tia Kempton (John); Brett Patterson; Christopher Patterson, Troy Patterson and Tessa Patterson; nephew, Jim Clause (Lorrie); and niece, Gail Clause Newman.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake County Library Endowment Fund, PO Box 44, Lakeview, OR 97630 or donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.