Lois Gordon departed this life in her home in Tyler on July 11, 2013, attended by her family. She was 85 years old. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Marvin United Methodist Church, Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m., the Rev. Marty Dunbar officiating. Family visitation will be Monday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler.
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Lois was born on March 12, 1928, to the late Robert Kenneth and Jesse Ruth (Shaw) Beacham in Danville, Ill. She grew up in Indiana, graduated from Purdue University and married William Clayton Gordon Jr. in Indianapolis on Sept. 2, 1950.
During Bill's career with John Deere Co. he was transferred every few years and Lois repeatedly packed up the family and put down new roots throughout their life together. Wherever they lived she would always plant a Tropicana rose. Bill and Lois lived in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, with their final transfer bringing them to Dallas. After retirement in 1982, Bill and Lois moved to Tyler, where they joined Marvin United Methodist Church and Briarwood Country Club.
Lois was an active member and officer of the East Texas Genealogical Society, a devoted painting student of Nancy Berkhouse, and an accomplished bridge player. Lois's longstanding interest in genealogy culminated in her achieving admission into the Mary Tyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010.
She made many lasting friendships and, although she was not a native Texan, she quickly came to consider Tyler to be her home. She lost her husband in 1992 and thereafter her friends were truly like family to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill; her parents; her brother, Robert Beacham, his wife Sara, and their son, Michael Beacham; and by many in-laws.
She is survived by her daughter, Ruthann Gordon, and granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Kohn; her son, William Kenneth Gordon, his wife Carmen (Flores) Gordon, grandson Adriel Flores and his wife Angela, and their children, Addie and Aiden Flores, and grandson, William Robert Gordon; brother, James Russell Beacham and his wife Rosemary (Adams) Beacham; sister-in-law, Margaret (Gordon) Smith; and many nieces, nephews and their children.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Cindy Landrum, Tommy Thomasson, Kay Bates and Dr. Eric Smith for their care, friendship and support through the years; all the wonderful doctors and nurses who contributed so much to her well-being; the excellent staff at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital; and finally, everyone at Hospice of East Texas. Lois was truly blessed in her neighbors and friends, to whom the family is sincerely grateful.
In lieu of flowers the family invites donations to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation or to Marvin United Methodist Church Missions.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 14, 2013