Lois Abbott YOST

November 18, 1927November 19, 2020

Lois Abbott Yost died November 19, 2020, the day after her 93rd birthday. Lois led a full and happy life with her love for God and his church, for family, friends, music, gardening, travel, and volunteering. A Tampa native born 1927 in Seminole Heights, she graduated from Hillsborough High School where she was president of the senior class and a speaker at graduation. She then graduated from Otterbein College where she met her husband Jim, sang with the A Cappella choir and was active in student government and her sorority. She taught English at both Turkey Creek High School and Hillsborough High School. She sang with the Thalians, a Tampa light opera company, and the Tampa Oratorical Society. She was active leader in Otterbein and Lake Magdalene United Methodist Churches, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. For over 50 years she played the piano for preschool Sunday School and loved watching her children grow into adulthood. She was proud of organizing Lake Magdalene Christian School, and served for a short time as organist at St Paul United Methodist Church in Tampa.

Lois served as local, district, and state level of United Methodist Women. She was a delegate for many years to the United Methodist Annual Conference and several sessions of Jurisdictional Conferences. She loved keeping history and was chair of the Florida Conference Commission on Archives and History and led workshops throughout the state. She also loved to keep family history and enjoyed interviewing family for her genealogy records.

She enjoyed traveling in the United States, Europe, and the Far East with husband Jim, who was president of Civitan International. She loved gardening and was a long-time member of Honeysuckle Garden Circle. She served on the Board for Young Life and was an early member of LAMPLighters, which supports Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House. Always social, she helped plan every high school reunion through the 70th. Pre-deceased by parents Lloyd and Aline Dowling Abbott, son Charles Edwin Yost, husband Jim , sister and brother-in-law Robbins and Marjorie Abbott Denham and nephew Bob Denham. Survived by son Richard (Lisa), daughter Nancy Leach (Dr. David), grandchildren Matthew (Victoria), Lauren, and Connor, and nephew Tad Denham (Lulu).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all gather.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to LAMPLighters, Young Life or Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church.



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Tim Marks

December 1, 2020

There was so much to love about Lois. She was a faithful servant of the Lord. She cared so much for others but especially children; her children, children in church, and children at risk in our community. That’s why she was a perfect LAMPLighter!

We will miss her so much but her legacy will live on through her amazing family and extended Lamps family

Susan Raines

November 30, 2020

Lois Yost was a true light in our community. Her service to others, whether it be through her work as an active participant in her church or through local volunteer organizations, was unparalleled. She will be truly missed. My sincere prayers and condolences to her family at this difficult time.

Harriet C. Bennett

November 27, 2020

What sweet memories I have of Lois, including her dedication to LMUMC, her love of teaching, and her beautiful smile.
Blessings to her family.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

November 26, 2020

What a blessing it was to know Lois, a treasure in every sense of the word. She will be sorely missed, but her memory and loving legacy will live on. Love, Josh

David Reed

November 26, 2020

I was so glad to become acquainted with Lois through Facebook after she asked to be friends. She posted so many inspiring messages and thoughts.

Marilyn Wittner

November 26, 2020

Lois was a generous, thoughtful, fun-loving person. She was a relaxed and welcoming hostess, even when this duty was thrown into her lap at the last minute! The world is a little less beautiful since she left it.

Sylvia Foster

November 25, 2020

Lois was the HHS Kiwanette Club sponsor where I got to know her. After she was widowed I enjoyed taking her to our HHS Class of 1956 reunions where everyone was so happy to see her. She was a favorite teacher and friend to us all. We all will miss her.

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her family.

Vickie Bills

November 22, 2020

Lois was a gracious example of a true Christian who let her light shine in the world. She worked with the children and brought Jeremy a rosebud when he was born, which is another way she reached out to people in the church. Her smile was there even when you knew she hurt. Without preaching, she was a living witness. Whenever a need became known, she tried to help. No one can ever replace her, but those who knew her will never forget the incredible gift that God sent to LMUMC. May her family and friends be at peace knowing she's taking care of things in heaven


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