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Lois Lee Marquardt , beloved wife of M.E. Mark Marquardt, passed away January 10, 2013. Mark and all four of her children were by her side during the days of her passing at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.

Lois Lee was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, July 17th , 1925. She was the only child of Homer and Mary LaRue. She lived in Fort Collins until she was in high school, at which time she moved to the dairy farm in Longmont, Colorado with her parents. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in social work, and was also a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; she has kept in touch with many of those sorority sisters through today. It was in Boulder, Colorado, through a sorority sister that she met Mark while he was home on leave from the Naval Air Corps. After that first date, she told her sorority sister “I’m going to marry that man”. They were married in Longmont in 1947.

Lois was a dedicated wife and mother. Besides supporting Mark in his career in the insurance industry, she dedicated her time and energy to her children, serving as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout den mother, a Campfire Girls leader and on the state Camp Fire Council. She served in multiple capacities for the PTA over the 14 years she had children in grade school. If there were costumes to be created or cupcakes to be made, Lois was the first to volunteer. And she was always there each afternoon to greet the kids with a smile, a hug and fresh baked cookies when they came home from school.

As her children grew older, Lois expanded her interests outside the house. She was a member of the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation Auxiliary and regularly volunteered in the gift shop. She and Mark were both very active in the hospital foundation, and served as chairs of the annual Le Grand Fluer Ball.

Lois and Mark loved to entertain, whether or not Lois knew company was coming. Lois was a warm and gracious hostess and everyone always knew they were welcome in her home. Whether it was a football party for their friends, a formal business dinner party, or a fund raising event for the National Republican Party, Lois presided over the event with careful attention to detail and had the ability to make everyone feel comfortable in her home.

Lois was active in Beta Sigma Phi, PEO, and the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school when her children were young.

Bowling was an activity Lois enjoyed for years. She was in a weekly bowling league and was very proud of the 300 game she bowled. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, and golfing with the ladies. Mark and Lois Lee enjoyed the wonderful outdoors. They spent time together fishing, camping, and snowmobiling. One of her simple joys was the beautiful wild flowers of Wyoming. Another was spending her anniversary in hunting camp each fall. And every chance she got, she jumped in the airplane with Mark and loved to fly, whether it was to see the kids in Phoenix or join Mark on various Farm Bureau Insurance business trips . Through the years, Mark and Lois owned several single and multi-engine aircraft which added greatly to their ability to travel and enjoy flying.

Lois always had a positive outlook on life, a great attitude and an appreciation for the blessings she received. Those attributes were greatly challenged over the past six years during her battle with vascular disease which caused her to lose a leg. She showed such strength and courage through this time and never lost her optimistic outlook, her quick wit, or her beautiful smile. She was so loved and will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Mark of Laramie; her son Jim and wife Debby, grandson Jonathan, all of Chandler, AZ; her son Rob and his wife Tina, and grandchildren Blake, Quinn, and Jared all of Cheyenne, WY; her daughter Merilyn (Sanchez) and grandchildren Laurie and Randy, great grandchildren Skyler, Drew and Colby all of Chandler, AZ; her daughter Laurie (Westlake) of Laramie, WY and granddaughter Bryttni of Leota, KS.

A celebration of her life will be held Monday January 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Rhett Ivey officiating. A reception will follow in Wilson Hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, 255 No. 30th Street, Laramie, WY 82072 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services are under the direction of Montgomery Stryker Funeral Home.

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