Lois Elaine Brinker Stauffer of Coy Road, Livonia, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, June 8th, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She died of a massive stroke following a liver transplant operation.
Lois was born to parents James and Eva Brinker on April 28, 1943 in Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA. She was raised with her brother Jim on a plot of the Brinker family farm. She attended Central Bucks High School and East Stroudsburg University, earning a degree in Physical Education. Lois married Phares S. Stauffer of Hatfield, PA in 1967. Their only child, daughter Tracy Lee, was born in 1973.
Lois taught P. E. at Quakertown High School from 1967-1973. She was the founder and lead teacher of St. John’s Luthern Church School in Ridge Valley from 1973-1985. She returned to school and trained to become a medical assistant, working at Doylestown Medical Associates until her retirement in 2002. Over the years Lois also worked as a homemaker, school bus driver, lifeguard and water safety instructor.
Over the course of her life Lois had many interests and hobbies that she actively pursued. She loved animals, specifically her childhood horses and her dogs. She loved to be outdoors. She and her husband Phares pursued many outdoor activities together, including waterskiing, boating, sailing, canoeing, camping, bicycling, shooting, fishing, tractors and motorcycles. Lois always enjoyed gardening, swimming, and soaking up the sun.
Lois was extremely skilled in various handicrafts, specifically sewing, quilting and rug braiding. She was a member of the Valley Forge Rug Braiders Association and taught advanced rug braiding techniques. Her many handmade quilts and rugs beautify her families’ homes.
Lois’s greatest joy in later life was her grandchildren: Elise (age 11), Michael (age 8), Jocelyn (age 4), and Luke (age 2). She devoted herself to them through her time, talents, and love. She is survived by these dear grandchildren, her husband Phares, daughter Tracy and son-in-law Dave Berthin. She is also survived by her brother, Jim, of Oakton, VA, his wife Dorothy, their children Wendy and Michael and their families. She left behind her loyal canine companions, JJ and Gretel.
Lois was a faithful Christian woman who loved God and trusted Him completely with her life. During her illness, surgery, recovery, and death she was in perfect peace in the arms of Christ.
A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Saturday, June 16th at 11am at Kevin Dougherty Funeral Home, 21 Big Tree St., Rte 15 & 20A,Livonia, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28201. To send a condolence or for further information, please visit www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com