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Lois Criss

Obituary for Lois Criss

July 8, 1924 - July 23, 2017
Afton, Iowa | Age 93


Lois Criss, 93, of Afton died on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.

Celebration of life services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lorimor United Methodist Church. Pastor Joel Sutton and Rev. Jim Morris will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery near Afton.

Open visitation will be from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday with family receiving friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Powers Funeral Home in Afton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the Lorimor Methodist Church or the Afton Care Center Auxiliary.

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Lois Louise (McKinnie) Criss was born July 8, 1924 in Arispe, Ia. to Lena Louise (Holt) and Charles Hamilton McKinnie. Lois graduated from Arispe High School in 1941.

Lois was united in marriage to Wayne Peter Carlson on September 5, 1943 in California. They settled in California where she began doing bookkeeping work for Safeway Grocery Stores, then worked with Lockhead assembling aircraft. She later worked as an active mother and homemaker until the passing of her husband Wayne in 1968.

Lois was united in marriage on September 11, 1970 to Virgil H. Criss in Des Moines. They lived in Afton on Lois' farm where she continued working as a bookkeeper for the Farmer's Co-op in Afton until her retirement. Lois also helped Virgil run the Criss Food Store in Lorimor. She had been a member of the Lorimor Methodist Church and a former member of the Eastern Star and was a past Worthy Matron. She always enjoyed quilting, reading her bible and playing her organ; among many other things.

Lois is survived by a son Wayne "Skip" (wife Suzanne) Carlson, Jr. of Afton; two daughters, Mary Oxley of West Des Moines and Denise (husband Steve) Fisk of Afton; former son-in-law Kenny Oxley of Granger; two step-sons, Ed (wife Kylene) Criss of Winterset and Skyler (wife Donna) Criss of Biloxi, Miss.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grand-children; two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces nephews, relatives and friends.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands Wayne Carlson and Virgil Criss, a son Terry (wife Kellie) Carlson, four brothers, Paul, Millard, Gayle and Raymond McKinnie, two sisters, Ruth Graves and Lola Hudson and her beloved cats Tommy & Max.

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