Lois V. (Smith) Bixby

Born: Sat., Jan. 16, 1926
Died: Sun., Jun. 6, 2021


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jun. 11, 2021
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 11, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Lois Virginia Bixby, age 95, of Pittsfield, IL passed away at her home surrounded by her five children on Sunday, June 6, 2021. She was born on January 16, 1926 in McDonough County, IL, a daughter of Arthur and Della McMillan Smith. Lois married Donald K. Bixby, Sr. on May 1, 1948 in Macomb, IL and he preceded her in death on December 15, 2014.

Lois and Donald farmed in the Pike County area until his retirement in 1996, and then moved into Pittsfield. In recent years she has lived with her daughter near Mt. Sterling, IL. Lois was a homemaker, and spent her life caring for her family and friends. Her faith was primary in her life. She was a part of the New Testament Christian fellowship and made her choice to serve God in her youth. She enjoyed fellowship meetings all her life and loved the gospel story.

Lois is survived by her children, Judy Bixby of Illinois, Donald Bixby, Jr. of Maine, Shirley (Charles) Whalen of East Peoria, Robert Bixby of New Salem, IL and Elizabeth (Bruce) Helmreich of Mt. Sterling, IL; five grandchildren, Edward (Cara) Whalen, Kimberly Whalen, Elissa (Garrick) Besterwitch, Ryan (Shyanne) Helmreich, Emily (Karsten) Vigesaa; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Donald Bixby, Sr.; her parents, Arthur and Della Smith; and four sisters, Lola Smith, Evelyn Smith, Dorothy Sandoz and June Chaplin.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with interment following at Taylor Martin Cemetery near El Dara. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Memorials are suggested to be made to Blessing Hospice. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Lois's memory to the following organization:

Blessing Hospice

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Alan Anderson
   Posted Mon June 07, 2021
My thoughts go to you all in the family at this time of separation from your mother. I can identify with you since my parents have passed away as well; in fact they knew your parents when coming to Mt. Sterling when I prepared there for 15 years. Great you five children could be present when your mother died. Your parents left a good testimony and example. Thoughts flood in now of times in your home and the love felt. Now we must continue as your father, and now your mother, until the end. My condolences are with you all.
Kind regards, your brother and friend, Alan

Carol Lee Reid
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
Nancy and I know what it is like to loose both parents. So glad you could be together at this time.

Carol Lee Reid

Jean Olsen
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
Thinking of you, Judy, as you lay your mother's body to rest. So glad you got to be with her in her last days. I'm sure she was a special lady.

Prakash Kancharla
   Posted Wed June 09, 2021
Sorry to hear the home call of dear Aunty Lois V. Am glad that she died as a child of God and completed her journey in the Lord. You all will be missing her presence. We are glad for the promise of our Lord. She is with our heavenly father forever. Will be thinking of you all and the funeral service goes well.

Greetings in Christ ..... Prakash (India).

Leann Buss
   Posted Wed June 09, 2021
Thinking of you all and holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sara Wojcik
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
Our loving thoughts are with you, Don, and all your family, at this time of loss. We're thankful for the comforts of family, memories and God's promises!

Marilyn Nutt
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
Dear family of Lois,
My thoughts are with each of you siblings today, with family and extended family. Lois was a dear, sweet natured, faithful loving soul and loved by many. She will be missed but remembered for her steady and faithful life. With love, care and sympathy. Marilyn Nutt

Billy Mummey Sr.
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
My deepest sympathy for your family.

Anita Forsberg
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
Dear Family of Lois,
Thinking of you in the loss of your Mother.
with loving sympathy, Anita

Allie and Lynda Dean
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
Thinking of you especially, Don, in the loss of your mother.
Our sympathy, Allie and Lynda

   Posted Fri June 11, 2021
We are with you all in love and sympathy , as you lay your dear sweet Mom to rest. We’re so thankful that you all could be by her side as she slipped away.
We will miss her sweet smile and kind spirit but thankful she can be at rest from
All her labors. May the God of all comfort be with you all in the days ahead.
Love always, Kathy Parris & family

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