Graveside services will be held at South Park Cemetery for Lois La-Vonne Reynolds Clark-Tandy, at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. She went to be with her Lord on Oct. 23, 2012. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Lonnie Owen of Christ’s Church.
The family will receive friends today, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel from 1 to 3 p.m.
Lois was born on Oct. 19, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio, to Bertha and Clyde Reynolds. She grew up in Elyria, Ohio, and married the Rev. Robert Jay Clark in 1957. They lived and worked in churches around the Steubenville and Mingo Junction areas, in Ohio, until 1975, when they moved to Roswell.
Lois lived a long and happy life, and she loved many people. She enjoyed homemaking and yard work, many hobbies, and making elaborate wedding cakes for her family. She played the piano and organ in her husband’s churches over the years, and music and singing absorbed much of her life.
She also wrote and directed many plays, programs and vacation Bible schools, and taught various ages in Sunday schools. She loved reading, and writing articles, stories and poems, and left a full-length book titled Mustard On The House to her grandchildren. She worked in Ohio and New Mexico with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and P.T.A.
Lois was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 30 years, Robert; her firstborn son Jay, at the age of three years; her brother the Rev. Richard Reynolds; daughter-in-law Patricia Clark; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Anderson and Evelyn Hafferkamp; niece Kathryn Marson; and nephew Mark Reynolds.
Lois was given the gift of a second love and a new life, when she met and married E.F. (Ned) Tandy, on Sept 3, 1995. He survives her at their home. She leaves one sister, Deanna Yearsley, of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Genie Reynolds, of Arkansas, and Patricia Knarr, of Tennessee; brother-in-law Alexander Clark, of Roswell; and many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are her two daughters, Robin Collins and her husband Billy, of Roswell, and De-Vonna Clark, of Amarillo, Texas; and one son Todd Clark and his fiancée Amanda Beagles, of Roswell.
Lois leaves five stepsons, Robert Clark II, John Clark, Howard Clark and his wife Linda, Michael Clark and his wife Audrey, and Charles Clark; and two ex-daughters-in-law who she loved dearly, Cathy Weaver and Sonjia Breeden.
She also leaves four stepdaughters, Cecelia Mayne and her husband Bill, of Roswell, Rebecca Davis and her husband Charlie, of Clyde, Texas, Lea Anne Johnson and her husband Troy, of Clovis, and Enid Smith and her husband Gary, of Roswell.
Surviving grandchildren are April Locke and her husband Brian, Billy Collins and his wife Charolette, Jenny Adams, Cole Collins, Bobby Collins and his wife Shanley, Kevin Clark and his wife Candace, Chelsea Melendez and her husband Pedro, Mary Ellen Clark, John Clark Jr., Bryan Clark, Heather Allen, Will Mayne, Jinny Thomas, Patricia Keith, Pamela Smith, Cindy Boney, Wesley Johnson, Dusty Johnson, Sherry Cox, Melissa Lebow, Amos Smith and Wyatt Smith, plus many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Lois was a very loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. They all called her “Grandma Lo” (except for a couple who insisted on calling her “Granny”). She will be missed by many, but she is, at last, safe in the arms of her Lord and Savior.
Friends may pay their respects online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Roswell Noon Optimists.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.