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Lois Louise Alley Kibby

Lois Louise Alley
18 Mar 1916 - 11 Oct 2014
©Billings Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission

Lois L. Kibby, 98 year old resident of Ruidoso, New Mexico and former resident of Woodward, died Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Robert Kibby officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Lois Louise Alley was born near Woodward, Oklahoma on March 18, 1916; the 2nd of 9 children of Corbett L. and Gladys M. (Fithen) Alley. She was secretly married to Howard Martin Kibby on September 30, 1933 in Ashland, Kansas. After living a short time in Garden City, Kansas, Lois and Howard returned to Woodward so Howard could help his father, Fred Kibby, at the Woodward Sale Pavilion. Lois also worked in the office at the Sale Pavilion. On February 22, 1935, their son Bobby Gene Kibby was born. After working the Sale Pavilion in Fairview and Woodward, Lois and Howard moved to Lubbock, Texas to help run the Sale Pavilion there. Their daughter Julia Ann Kibby was born in Lubbock on July 25, 1938. After a year in Lubbock, the family moved to El Paso, Texas where Howard worked for McElory Stockyards. In 1943, Howard and a small group of Pilots built Jundt Field to avoid all the military flying traffic going into the El Paso Airport. Lois learned to fly and even took her brother Jack Alley for a ride. After trying to run a franchise food delivery business in San Angelo in 1949, the family returned to El Paso. Lois worked at The White House, a department store in downtown El Paso. She was Betty the Shopper. You could call the store with your order and Lois aka “Betty the Shopper” would get your items for pickup the next day. Howard had several different flying jobs in El Paso until he was offered a flying job for El Paso Natural Gas Company in 1952. Howard was stationed in Jal, New Mexico and the family moved to Jal in the summer of 1952. Lois worked for New Mexico Electric and retired in 1973. Howard had retired in 1971 but continued to do contract flying until Lois retired.

In 1981, Lois and Howard started living full time in their Motor Home. They traveled in their Motor Home to several different parks until 1989 when they purchased a Park Model Home located at Superstition Sunrise Park in Apache Junction, Arizona. The Recreation Building was directly across the street from their Unit so it was very easy for them to participate in all the many park activities. Lois and Howard loved to Square Dance and went to oher parks in the area to square dance as well as dancing at their Park. They loved the entertainment that was a part of the park activities. Swimming, hot tub, free donuts on Wednesday, Bingo, and organized trips to the Casinos were also activities they enjoyed. This was a very happy and rewarding time for them. They enjoyed the winters in Apache Junction and summers in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

After Howard died in 1999, Lois continued to spend the winters in Apache Junction and the summers in Ruidoso, New Mexico with daughter Julia Ann Davis. In December of 1999, Lois was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). In 2001, Lois was hospitalized at MD Anderson Hospital due to side effects of the medication she was taking to control the CML. Fortunately at the time Lois was dismissed from the hosptial, the “miracle”drug”, Gleevec was approved by the FDA and MD Anderson prescribed the drug for her. With her CML under control, Lois was able to get back to summers in Ruidoso and winters in Apache Junction. In the winter of 2006, Lois was still going to most of the Park activities. At a Ballroom Dancing Class, she didn’t have a partner. There was a new man, Don Pennock, at the class who didn’t have a partner. His wife was diabetic and he had spent most of his time taking care of her so very few people in the Park knew them. She died the previous year so Don had started to go to some of the Park activities. Lois and Don partnered up and they have been dancing together ever since. Instead of spending all summer in Ruidoso with Julia Ann, Lois has managed to stay a month or two every summer with Don in Minnesota. Don says that Lois saved his life. He was down in the dumps and had nothing to live for. He said Lois was always positive, a joy to be around, a great dancer and made his life worth living.

Although Lois became intolerant to Gleevec, other CML drugs became available and MD Anderson Hospital has been able to control the CML for the last 15 years. During these last 15 years, Lois has been able to continue her very active life style and enjoy her 2 children, 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She has also enjoyed her celebrity status at Superstition Sunrise Park where she has ridden on the back of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the last seven years. Lois is survived by one son Bobby Kibby and wife Mildred of Arlington, Texas; daughter Julia Ann Davis of Ruidoso, New Mexico; brother Corbett and wife Pat Alley of Saddle Brooke, Arizona; three grandsons, Lonnie Davis and wife Nancy of the Woodlands, Texas; Les Davis and wife Cindy of Lorena, Texas; Robert Kibby and wife Leslie of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter, Merrill Eliff and husband David of Houston, Texas; great-grandsons, Casey and Logan Davis of Westminister, Colorado; Eric Davis and wife Katie of Spring, Texas; Mark Davis of Woodlands, Texas; Parker and Chase Eliff of Houston, Texas; great-granddaughters, Alexis Eliff of Houston, Texas; Kathryn, Melissa, and Caroline Kibby of Dallas, Texas; great-grandson, Joshua Kibby of Dallas, Texas; great-great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Kennedy, and Kinley of Spring, Texas; Sister-in-law Reta Alley of Ruidoso, New Mexico; brother-in-law, Tom Duggin of Wichita, Kansas; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Hospital or any charity of your choice. Lois was frugal, ordered from the right side of the menu and would want her remembrance to go to someone that could make the World a better place. We Love You Mother, Julia Ann and Bob.

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