Lois A Lange, 90, passed away peacefully July 30, 2016 at Atria Park of Applewood in Lakewood, Colorado. Lois was a vivacious woman known for her great story telling, her volunteerism, her memoir writing and her public speaking.
Lois was born in Jamestown, New York in 1926. Growing up during the Depression, she attended school in five different states - New York, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
After high school, Lois attended business college while also working for the USO. There she met her future husband, George Lange. They married in 1946. She raised her children in New York state and worked for a variety of employers. Her most notable employer was Guideposts Magazine, founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, where she was the Benefits Manager.
When she retired from Guideposts Magazine in 1993, she moved to Colorado, following her son and his wife who were living in Evergreen. She had previously visited Colorado many times and loved the beauty of the state. She was also fascinated with the rich history of the area.
Lois was full of energy and vitality with a passion for history. After retirement, she wanted to stay active and involved, so she poured her energy into the Evergreen community. She started by volunteering at the Hiwan Museum and began her involvement with the Jefferson County Historical Society.
When the Hazel Humphrey Museum opened in 1996, she became a key player. Before Hazel passed away, she was a friend of Lois’. Hazel’s wish to turn her home into a museum was something that Lois took seriously. Lois acted as the historian for the museum, researching and compiling data, then writing scripts for the volunteer tour guides. All of this has been done as a volunteer except for a brief stint as an acting director of the museum.
In the relatively short time that Lois lived in Evergreen, she became an important figure in the community. She was a board member of several organizations inlcuding the Jefferson Historical Society, the Evergreen Woman's Club and the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum.
Lois is survived by her two children Randy Lange (Susan) of Evergreen, Colorado and Gretchen Stoltz (Bill) of Crescent City, Florida; and her nieces, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by friends, family and all who knew her.
A celebration of life will be planned at a future date - to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humphrey Museum or a charity of your choice.
To read a previously published profile on Lois, click here.