Howell, Lois E. (nee Parsons) Age 78, of Portage, IN, formerly of French Lick, IN went to be with the Lord on August 10, 2013. She succumbed to complications due to CAA at VNA Horton Hospice in Valparaiso, IN with her family by her side. She was born in DuBois County, IN on August 1, 1935 to Elvis and Delma Parsons. Lois was united in marriage to Raymond Dale of West Baden, IN on February 4, 1955. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed gardening and landscaping around her home. She will be missed by her two daughters, Connie (Jim) Flowers of Tucker, GA and Beverly (Tim) Vandergriff of Portage, IN; two granddaughters, Jessica Vandergriff of Portage, lN and Cassandra Vandergriff of AlexandrIa, VA; two brothers, Glenn (Pat) Parsons of Annondale, VA and Leonard (Bonnie) Parsons of Bolingbrook, IL, as well as loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Lois was looking forward to the impending birth of her first great-grandchild in December. Lois was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Eugene, in infancy, her father Elvis, her husband, Raymond Dale and her mother, Delma. Lois was dedicated to two loves: her love for the Lord and her love for family. She accepted the Lord as her Savior in her early teens. While their granddaughters were young, Lois and Dale enjoyed participating in activities such as going camping, local zoos, church services and visiting family in French Lick. They also vacationed with their daughter Connie to places such as Key West, Hilton Head, Galveston and Scottsdale. Lois spent many years visiting and caring for her mother at the nursing home. Lois was diagnosed wIth Cerebral Amyloid Anglopathy (CAA) 7 years ago. CAA is a rare progressive neurological disorder. When Lois was no longer able to live alone, her daughter Beverly and son-in-law Tim, lovingly cared for her in their home. The family would like to thank VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, IN for their round the clock impeccable care Lois received during her last days. Bev would like to thank personally Jay, Lois' nurse, for her weekly in-home care visits from April 2012-July 2013. Lois was always ready with encouraging words for those in trouble. One of her favorite scripture quotes was Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
The family would like to request that donations be made in Lois' memory to VNA Hospice Foundation 2401 Valley Drive Valparaiso, lN 46383 219-462-5195 www.VNAportercounty.org; or to Amyloidosis Support Groups 232 Orchard Drive Wooddale, IL 60191 toll free 866-404-7539 www.amyloldosissupport.com/donations.