In memory of Lois: wife, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, prayer warrior…Woman of God!
For years …
She stood at her classroom door and greeted the children as they entered for Bible study.
She stood at the sanctuary door and greeted the people as they entered for praise and worship.
She stood in the kitchen door and greeted those who filled their plates for potlucks and receptions.
But all that changed on June 17th when Lois Torres closed her eyes here on earth and opened them to the glory of Heaven.
This time the Teacher stood at Heaven’s door to greet her as she entered to learn from the Author himself.
This time Yeshua stood at Heaven’s gates to greet her as she entered for an eternity of praise and worship.
This time King Jesus stood at the door to greet her as she filled her plate at His Banqueting table.
Some things stand out in my memory of Lois.
Lois had such an incredible mother’s missionary heart. She beamed as she told of Lori and Yves’ ministry in Morocco and France. I know she missed them living close by…but I know she was committed to the Lord’s call on their lives.
What a proud grandma she was! She showered love and prayers on those precious grandchildren. Her excitement was contagious when she called to say Emilie would be coming from France to live with them before college!
Lois committed herself to be one of my Prayer partners for children. When a child had a very special need or problem, I could call her and Lois immediately went to prayer for the child and the family. She would regularly come stand in the back of our children’s church to pray for the children and our service.
Lois was always the first to come into the office to ask if her curriculum order had arrived. She would leave with it clutched close in anticipation of the next three months of children’s Bible study! And when the quarter was over, she always brought me the unused supplies…neatly arranged and ready for later use!
Lois constantly came to the church to work in her classroom. She would quietly rearrange the room, create new bulletin boards and set out the activities for the coming Sunday. But one day we did not know she was still in the very large building and when we left the offices, we set the alarm. About five minutes later I received a call from Lois. I could hear alarms in the background! She first apologized for “bothering” me. Then she said, “I think I have a problem and the police might be coming!!” Always after that, she would stop by the office to let us know she was there!
One day, Lois called to say I had really brightened her day. Since I had not even seen her, I asked how I had done that? She had been opening ballots at her job at the county voting office. One opened envelope revealed my name and she said just seeing my signature had made her happy!
After my cancer surgery, Lois came to bring food from the church. She took a look at our kitchen, now being run by my husband and our son. She shook her head and exclaimed, “Oh no! This is not acceptable. This will never do. Either you can clean it up or I can come tomorrow!!” Believe me, those guys hustled to please Lois! By the way, she stopped in the next day to see how they were doing! I often joked with her to see if she could come again!
After David’s surgery just recently, Lois brought us an entire meal, enough for a week!! And she and Rick gifted us with money to help with David’s medical expenses. Although we were going to different churches, she said, “Ruth, you’re my special sister in the Lord.”
The Lord gave our family an incredible gift when He brought Lois into our lives. How can I ever thank you enough, Lord?
Lois was always giving…always encouraging…always positive…always Godly…and now always rejoicing in His presence! She was always ministering to others…and now…she is laying her many jeweled crown at His feet!