Lois Ardell Bartlett

January 29, 1925May 12, 2020
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Lois Ardell Bartlett, age 95, died Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at Kennybrook Village, Grimes, IA. Lois was born January 29th, 1925 to Varlynn and Ruth Ayers in Valley City, North Dakota. Her parents moved to Sedro Wooley, Washington when she was 2 years of age. Lois had an older sister Evelyn and a younger brother, Don. Lois made her choice to serve God at age 11, a commitment she remained faithful to all the days of her life. She graduated with honors as the salutatorian of her class in 1943. Lois possessed a gift of music, playing as 1st chair violin in the high school orchestra and playing the piano by note or by ear. Upon high school graduation, she attended stenography school in Evert, Washington.

While living in Seattle, Lois met her husband Ronald Bartlett after he was discharged from the US Army in 1947 after serving in WW2. They were married December 23rd, 1949. Lois and Ron moved to Wausau, Nebraska in 1950 where Ron farmed with his father. They farmed in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1954 and then moved to Rockwell City, Iowa in 1960. In 1972, they moved to Urbandale, IA where Ron worked for the Iowa Farm Bureau and Lois worked at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for many years. Lois and Ron were married for 62 years. Lois is survived by three children, Mike of Huxley IA, Gary (Tracy) of La Quinta, CA and Randy (Gloria) of Allen, TX.; Five grandchildren (Tamara, Zachery, Toby, Kristin, Ben), and Eight great-grandchildren (McKenna, Mariah, Madisyn, Mateo, Teagen, Grayson, Ethan, Claire). Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, her brother, and her husband. Lois and her husband served the Lord faithfully together for many years, and especially enjoyed fellowship, family and friends. Lois always had a wonderful smile that reflected a cheerful countenance and a sweet disposition. She was beloved and we shall cherish her memory.

A public visitation will be held from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday, May 17th at McLaren’s Chapel. A private family funeral will be held on Monday, May 18th, at McLaren’s Funeral Home at 11 am followed by a burial at Resthaven Cemetery. A live-stream of the funeral and graveside service will be available on Facebook at


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Gerry Brower

May 19, 2020

Something cause d my long message to not send.

Remember Malcom days and nights around Lois in sleeping quarters AUG 2019


Mary Weeda

May 18, 2020

Dear Mike, Gary and Randy--
Like others, I have wonderful memories of your Mom--your Dad, too. Their home was such a haven. We so appreciated watching the service today--Mom enjoyed it, too.
With deep sympathy, Mary Weeda

Alan Anderson

May 18, 2020

My thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of Lois at this time of separation. Memories flood in of my times in the home and the welcome given and kindness shown. During my home visits, and once for the Iowa special meetings, I always valued visiting in the home, after Ron passed away were the last visits. Mike and I have been friends for years and want all you in the family as well to know how much we appreciated Ron and Lois and the open home, We were together with Lois on my last home visit in a meal at John and Donna's. Lois lived a good testimony and takes it with her now. Let us all like her, keep on keeping on until we reach the goal. Greetings from Guatemala, as always, Alan

Alec and Alissa Smidt

May 18, 2020

We always loved Ron and Lois dearly and always knew we were loved by them. We'll miss our visits with Lois when we're in Iowa in the future. She was such a sweet spirit and sweet influence. Love to all of you Mike, Randy and Gary and your families.
Alec and Alissa

Mike & Jo Connelly

May 18, 2020

When we moved to Des Moines, Ron & Lois embraced us and made us feel like family. They immediately had us over for dinner and we were never "too much" with our 5 children, and have so many wonderful memories with them and especially Lois in the last years. I felt like I knew them my entire life, yet it was their special spirit that comforted our own. In full sincerity our lives are blessed and bettered for having walked the same path. With Love, Mike, Jo, Chad, Jessia, Serena, Julissa, Shara.

Norma Vlieger

May 18, 2020

Lois was a wonderful lady and had a very special friendly way about her. We will miss her fine example and gracious spirit.

Love, Paul & Norma Vlieger

Duane & Brenda Grotz

May 18, 2020

Ron and Lois were pillars, and we loved to be with them. We would stop by or meet in a restaurant when passing thru DesMoines. Our four children were little when I remember Lois telling me "these are your prime years", and they were! Thankful for their example! Our Love, Duane & Brenda Grotz

Boneita Myers

May 18, 2020

What wonderful memories of Lois just up the street from Mike and Brenda. We often would stop just for a little visit, always so sweet. Such a precious friend snd sister, always so encouraging to be with. We will miss her sweet smile and love for all.

Sympathy to Mike, Gary, and Randy and families

Don and Bonnie Myers

DeAnn Payne

May 18, 2020

How do you put in a few words, the influence of such a Godly lady? Thankful for Lois and Ron’s open home and heart. The influence and example Lois left is with us today.
Such a good example to so many.

Anita Forsberg

May 17, 2020

Dear Family of Lois,
Ron and Lois' home was such a haven the years I was in Des Moines area between 2005 and 2010. Yes, Lois was a gracious lady, loving us with all her heart. Her letters were much appreciated and I am missing them already. Thoughts are with you all.


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