Lois Elon Doughtie, 96, passed away on October 15, 2018 at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, Texas.
Born in Kaufman, TX on March 18, 1922, to parents Elmo and Amanda Elon Welch (Davis), she was the eighth born of their nine children. She was married to the late Charles Woodburn Doughtie and they had one child, a daughter. After her husband’s unexpected death when their daughter was six years old, Lois took on the role of a single mom, raising her daughter in the same way that she approached life – with courage, grace and a positive attitude.
A life-long resident of Texas, Lois graduated high school in Tyler, lived in Houston, raised her daughter in Huntsville and eventually moved to Bryan to be near her grandchildren. Lois worked for many years as a bookkeeper, but her favorite jobs were working as a receptionist for her sister’s dance school, Faye Burns Dance Studio in Huntsville, TX and her daughter’s dance studio, The Studio of Classical Dance in Bryan, TX. She loved interacting with the students and their parents; and watching the students learn and grow in their dance skills and confidence.
Lois is survived by her daughter Debra Doughtie Stephenson and husband Bill, of College Station, TX; granddaughter Aynsley Stephenson Linsacum and husband Kody, of Phoenix, AZ; grandson Brent Stephenson of College Station, TX; grandson Chase Stephenson, of College Station, TX; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is reunited in death with those who preceded her - her husband, parents, seven sisters, one brother and other family members.
Lois was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles. She was a voracious coffee drinker; her day did not start until she had her first cup – always black with a little cream. She said that her dad would tell her that he believed someone must have given her coffee in her baby bottle since she loved her coffee so much. Her most desired meal was pizza with sweet tea and her favorite part - dessert!
A talented seamstress, Lois designed and sewed exquisite costumes for dancers and twirlers, as well as many beautiful clothes for her daughter and grandchildren. She taught herself how to crochet and created keepsake baby blankets for each of her grandchildren that will be cherished for generations.
However, what brought Lois the most joy was her family. She was a loving, devoted mom to her daughter, adored her son-in-law and her grandchildren were the lights of her life. She held all of her family members, including her nieces and nephews, in her heart and was extremely proud of each of them.
For the past eleven years, Lois lived at Crestview Place Apartments in Bryan, TX. She took a lot of pride and pleasure in the fact that she was able to live independently for 96 years. She enjoyed her independence, the friends that she made at Crestview and the social activities that they shared.
Lois will be most remembered for her sweet and happy disposition, her generous nature, her quick-wit and her ready smile. She will remain forever in our hearts.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the staff and residents at Crestview Place, the staff of Scott & White Hospital and the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley.
To honor Lois, a celebration of her life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley: http://www.hospicebrazosvalley.org/support/give.html