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Lois J. Schell

August 20, 1936 June 25, 2019
Lois J. Schell
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Lois J. Schell (Marsh) went to her rest June 25, 2019 in Hendersonville, NC with all her children present. She was born August 20, 1936 to Dorothy Havens Marsh, and Clifton Marsh above the Hope Post Office In the home of her grandparents Boyd and Ada Havens, then acting postmaster.

She attended Hope Elementary School grades one through eight. Her 1947 class was pictured in the Midland Daily News book “Looking Back - 150 years of memories”. Her high school years were spent at Cedar Lake Academy (now Great Lakes Adventist Academy) where she was editor of the school paper, and graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1954.

In 1955 and 1956 she attended Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) where she earned a two-year degree in Secretarial Science, set typing and short hand records. In 1957 she was employed by The Dow Chemical Company in the Patent Department working for four patent attorneys in the agricultural area. In that same year she married Richard Schell of Bethlehem, PA whom she met while attending Andrews University. Their first home was a rented house from Mac & Helen Whiting on Eastman Avenue near the Grace Dow Library. For many years the family lived on Post Street next to the Alden Dow home and studio where her husband worked for the Alden Dow family and architectural firm. In 1970 the family moved to a new home in Hope, where they resided until June 2016, when they moved to a villa at Fletcher Park Inn, a retirement community in Hendersonville, NC.

Her first of four children was born in 1958, a daughter, and subsequently three boys were born from 1960 to 1967. Three of the children became physicians, anesthesiologists, reproductive endocrinologist, Obstetrics and Gynecology; and one became an Executive Vice President, Director of International Tax and assistant Treasurer of the Kellogg Corporation. Her children were her life. She devoted her time and talents, the most noble of all occupations, to their success in music, learning to cook, their schoolwork and their spiritual development. She was a solid rock in the decades of social upheaval in this country.
In the Midland Seventh-day Adventist church she filled many positions, Head Deaconess, Treasurer, Assistant Pathfinder Director, Children’s Department leadership, Youth Department leadership. Every church dinner found generous portions of food that she always brought. She was a volunteer at the Adventist Community Services in Midland.

Jesus said, “it is more blessed to give than receive.” Lois lived her life, always thinking of the other person and giving of herself both in the form of time but also to the financial needs of others. She was a strong lady of faith and prayer.

For 33 years she was employed at the office of John Rigg CPA, acting as office manager and tax preparer. She retired from her positions in year 2009.

Surviving in addition to her husband Richard are her children; daughter Debra L. Schell MD (Zevalkink) of Brookfield, WI, Randall M. Schell MD the oldest son of Lexington KY, the middle son Richard W. Schell, CPA, MBA of Portage, and the youngest son Steven K. Schell MD of Peoria, IL; ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sister Joan Keeney of Lansing and her brother Robert Marsh of Hope.
Funeral services for Lois will take place at 11 am, Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Midland Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2420 E. Ashman Street. Pastor Cory Herthel will officiate with private family burial to take place at New Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler Street on Saturday from 6-8 pm, and on Sunday at the church from 10 am until time of services.

Gifts in memorial may be made to Your Story Hour, Alzheimer’s Association local, or Habitat for Humanity.


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Visitation

Saturday

29

Jun

6:00 PM 6/29/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/29/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Sunday

30

Jun

10:00 AM 6/30/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/30/2019 11:00:00 AM
Midland Seventh Day Adventist Church

2420 E Ashman Street
Midland, MI 48640

Midland Seventh Day Adventist Church
2420 E Ashman Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Sunday

30

Jun

11:00 AM 6/30/2019 11:00:00 AM
Midland Seventh Day Adventist Church

2420 E Ashman Street
Midland, MI 48640

Midland Seventh Day Adventist Church
2420 E Ashman Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

New Hope Cemetery Final Resting Place

Schearer Road
Hope, MI 48642

Schearer Road Hope 48642 MI
United States
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