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Lois Ruth Stover

March 28, 1923 February 10, 2018
Lois Ruth Stover
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Obituary for Lois Ruth Stover

Lois Ruth Kiracofe Stover, 94, of Bridgewater, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in the Unity House at the Bridgewater Retirement Community.

Mrs. Stover was born in Rockingham County on March 28, 1923, a daughter of the late Frank Andrew and Rutha M. (Hess) Kiracofe.

On Sept. 4, 1943, she married Harry Lee Stover Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1998.

Mrs. Stover is survived by two daughters, Karen S. Shiflet and husband, Rodney, of Dayton, and Martha "Marty" S. Barlow, of Harrisonburg; two sons, H. Lee Stover Jr. and wife, Molly, of Dayton, and Randall M. Stover of Dayton; and two sisters, Maxine Layman of Bridgewater and Dorothy Kiser of Harrisonburg.

She also is survived by 11 grandchildren, Patrick Shiflet (Denise), Lori Knicely (Adam), Benjamin Barlow, Peter Barlow, Jesse Stover, Elizabeth Stover, Claire Stover, Michael Stover (Mercy), Sara Wilfong (Brian), Alex Stover (Lacey) and Thomas Stover; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Stover also was preceded in death by brothers, Ray Andrew Kiracofe, Dwight Franklin Kiracofe and Leo Linden Kiracofe; son-in-law, Bruce Barlow; granddaughter-in-law, Monica Pence Barlow; and a dear companion in their later years, John S. Flory Jr.

In addition to her roles of homemaker and active community volunteer, Mrs. Stover worked for many years at Mill Cabinet Shop as bookkeeper, secretary and receptionist with her husband and two sons. Mrs. Stover served as one of the original presidents of the Bridgewater Home Auxiliary. She also provided leadership in the Gideons International auxiliary. In the mid-1970s, Lois and her husband Harry built what came to be affectionately known as the “Stover Building” near their home where many family, church and community gatherings were held. Lois thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and followed their various paths through life with a keen interest and pleasure. She was a strong person who loved worship, lively conversations and regular gatherings with family and good friends. Her grandchildren will remember her for a matter-of-fact wit and for the high value she placed on faith, honesty and good character.​

She was a member of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren and previously a member of the Mt. Bethel Church of the Brethren for many years before moving to Bridgewater Retirement Community. While at Mt. Bethel, she taught Sunday School for every age, was a life-time deacon and helped to start the children's after school program, Logos, which continued until very recently.

Burial will be private. A memorial service will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.18, at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Jeffery Carr and the Rev. John Jantzi officiating. Friends will have an opportunity to greet the family after the service.

Friends may call at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater where the casket will be open through Thursday. Friends also may call at the home of Karen and Rodney Shiflet at 3885 Fulton School Road, Dayton, from 3-8 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 734,Harrisonburg, VA 22803 or to the Resident Care Endowment Fund of the Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 N. Second Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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3:00 PM 2/18/2018 3:00:00 PM
Bridgewater Church of the Brethren

420 College View Drive
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
420 College View Drive Bridgewater 22812 VA
United States

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