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Resident of the Month: Lois S.

Lois was born February 6, 1925 in Glasco, Iowa to Alvin and Marvin Kinney. She has five brothers Darrel, Alvin Jr., Wayne, Wendell and Larry. She has one sister, Erma.

She met her husband, Dennis, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He was a crane operator. They have three children Patricia, Michael and Dennis.

Before retirement, she had a family run construction business. Her grandson runs it to this day!

The biggest world even from her growing up was World War II. Her brother died in the war. He was a bomber who flew over Germany.

Lois learned to drive when she was 16 years old. She drove a gray 1936 Ford Coupe. She raced it a few times, even though she wasn’t supposed to!

She has lots of favorite foods, but by far her most favorite is a baked potato with lots of butter. Her favorite holiday food is ham.

When Lois was younger she enjoyed playing in the snow and going sledding. She and her brother would sled everywhere. She also liked to ride horses and she rode one to school her first year. Now her favorite thing to do is read.

Her favorite thing about Norwalk Nursing & Rehabilitation is that she never has to cook! She was never very fond of cooking. Her least favorite thing is cool baths. She likes hot baths.

Her advice for the younger generation is to study hard and keep your head in the books.

If Lois could go back to any age she would go back to age 6 or 7. She had no worries. It was all up to mom and dad.

Lois says her most cherished family tradition was when they would all go back to mom’s house for Sunday dinner. It was so long ago. It would be nice to see them all again.

Her proudest moment was when her first baby, Patricia, was born. She also has so many things she likes with her children and grandchildren.

Something she knows now, and wishes she had known when she was young, would be to enjoy every day. You don’t realize how short life really is.

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