Lois Eleanor Payne Heins, 104, of Pontiac, passed away 3:25 p.m. Friday (Nov. 24, 2017) at Tjardes Health Center of Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.
Her celebration of life will be at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Tim Hubert officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Chenoa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Lois requested memorials be made to First Lutheran Church of Pontiac or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Lois Eleanor was born Oct. 29, 1913, on a farm near Chenoa, a daughter of Wilbur L. and Matilda (Streid) Payne. She married John Myron Heins on Aug. 11, 1939, in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Lois is survived by her two sons, the Rev. Dr. John L. (Connie) Heins, Roscoe, and Dr. Robert E. (Terri) Heins, Pontiac; six grandchildren who brought fun and joy to her life, Erika (Mark) Navin, Franklin, Wis.; Heather Heins, Denver, Colo.; Jamie Heins, Chula Vista, Calif.; John Kyle Heins, San Pedro, Calif.; Roy (Christy) Heins, North Aurora; and Robyn (Zach) Zehr, Estes Park, Colo. Her family now includes nine great-grandchildren: Harper and Myles Navin; Emmalee and Donovan Heins; Amelia, Evelyn, Lauren Heins; Carsyn and Conrad Zehr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron (2004), and her parents.
A 1930 graduate of Redondo Beach Union High School, Redondo, Calif., Lois was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church of Pontiac. She particularly enjoyed being a homemaker and gardening. She loved trimming her bushes, enjoyed her flowers, loved feeding and watching the birds and other animals. This love of nature she passed to her sons. Lois was a humble and caring person who showed her love to family and community. Lois helped to start the Encore Shop in Pontiac; she was particularly proud to begin a store for the community where individuals could purchase repurposed clothing and other items.
Lois loved the arts and showed her creativity through crafts and the stitching of quilts, which she lovingly provided to her sons and grandchildren.
The family is gratefully appreciative to the staff at Tjardes Health Center for the compassionate and respectful care given to Lois.
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