Lois Dorothy Hargraves

July 6, 1922March 24, 2020

Lois D. Hargraves (Dorothy L. Dunning) was born July 6, 1922. Lois changed her first name from Dorothy in 1st grade when the teacher asked three Dorothy’s who would be willing to use their middle name in class. “Dorothy Lois” volunteered and was known as Lois the remaining days of her life. Lois Dorothy Hargraves passed into the everlasting arms of Jesus, March 24, 2020 in Snohomish, WA. preceded by her loving husband, Corliss (Corky) Preston Hargraves, June 4, 1988.

Lois was born and raised in Wenatchee, WA. and was fondly referred to as a “Wenatchee girl.” Lois lived life to the fullest! She was a happy, carefree child full of wonderment, action, and talent. She loved music and longed to play violin, but her folks could not afford the expense of lessons. Instead, Lois sang and played mandolin in a trio who was broadcast over radio. She was also Drum Major for a school/community band. An outdoor activity she enjoyed was ice skating on ponds. Delightful stories are remembered about Lois and her older brother Jack who led her into all sorts of experiences (including venturing out over the Columbia River on the supporting bridge girders between East Wenatchee and Wenatchee!). Meanwhile, her older sister Helen was “commissioned” by Mom Nellie to keep watch over the two younger siblings while she was at work. Lois received nurses training and graduated from Deaconess Hospital following High School. Lois married a WWII Sergeant, Corliss P. Hargraves. The two started their marriage journey after Corliss was injured during the Battle of the Bulge, first in California and transitioned soon thereafter to Seattle. Corliss worked a long-term career for Greyhound and Lois an extended career as RN for Northwest Hospital. Lois had a deep love for her church, Calvin Presbyterian of which she and Corliss were charter members. Lois was early appointed President of the Women’s Association. She exhibited care for others through prayer, serving as deaconess, and giving at time of need. She was a member of the choir for decades. Later, to her delight, she joined the bell choir! Lois loved Jesus, her family, her church, and her profession. Lois always brought beauty into life! A hobby greatly enjoyed by Lois and Corliss was boating on the MV CO-LO-RO-KA, a name chosen to abbreviate Corky, Lois, and children, Roger and Karen.

Lois is also preceded in death by her beloved father, Perry C. Dunning, mother, Nellie B. Dunning, sister, Helen Dunning, and brother, Jack Dunning. Lois is survived by her son, Roger Hargraves, (Gail McKinnon), daughter, Karen (Jim) Caspers, grandchildren, Kristi, (Richard) Wilson, and Wesley, (Angela) Caspers and great-grandchildren Kyle Braymen, Kameron, Khloe, Logan, and Kayla Wilson.

Graveside and Memorial Services are detained due to Covid-19 and will be scheduled and announced on Facebook when social restrictions are lifted.


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