LISBON – Lois Ann Beechum passed away peacefully at her home in Lisbon on Wednesday October 27, 2021. She bravely battled cancer for over 10 years, but found the time and strength to make several vacation trips to Europe, her annual mission trips to South Carolina and other locations in the United States
She was born in Farmington on March 13, 1943, second daughter of Muriel Arlene (Lane) Morse and Ronald James Morse. She spent most of her childhood at Macomber Hill in Jay and attended Emerson Grammar School in North Jay and Jay High School. She was proud to be a member of the JHS 60 year old class of 1961.
Lois married Bryce F. Thomas de Jay in 1960; they had four children together. They divorced in 1972. He died in November 1987. As a young mother, she was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent at her home church, Bartlett Memorial UMC in North Jay. From 1974 to 1977, she served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of Spec. 4. Decorated M16 sniper, most of her active service was spent in Germany where she worked as a driver to lead generals and other dignitaries throughout West Germany. She once led a young General Colin Powell from town to town in this country. While stationed in Germany, she met her second husband, Thomas E. Beechum of Des Moines, Iowa, a career soldier who was twice injured in Viet Nam. They were married on December 31, 1978. For over 20 years, they made Jay their home between Woodman and Macomber Hills. Together they were longtime members and active leaders of Lane-Dubé AMVET Post # 33. Lois coordinated the banquet hall there and was named “AMVET of the Year” in 1992. Tom passed away in September 1999.
Lois comes from a long line of excellent chefs and over the years has been in charge of many other kitchens including LaFleur’s in Jay, The Lamp in Lisbon, Wednesday Mission Meals at Calvary UMC in Lewiston. , and his annual 3 Weeks of United Methodist. Volunteers in mission projects in South Carolina. With a passion for volunteering, she also faithfully served the High Street Food Pantry in Auburn and the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston. She received the highest honor bestowed by the Women’s Division of The United Methodist Church for her outstanding missionary service. She was a member of the Auburn United Methodist Church. She loved to travel and made many trips with her husband Tom, children, friends and extended family members. After her retirement, she worked for a few years as a tour guide for Northeast Charter and Tour.
She will be sadly missed by her family, including her beloved Lane Family Reunion and Stampede, and her many friends. Lois is survived by three daughters, Alison S. Hansen and her partner Dan Richards, Lori A. Thomas and her husband Carl Poirier and her children, Stephanie, Stephen (Sarah) and Sarah, and Alicia Beechum Dorsey and her husband Jody; two sons, Mitchell Clyde Thomas, and Lane R. Thomas and his wife Laurie, his daughter-in-law, Carmen LH Thomas; six grandchildren, Stephanie Hansen Michaud (Troy), Marcy Smith Carter (Corey, Sr.), Bryce N. Thomas, Hayden R. Thomas, Elias E. Thomas and Zacarias Dorsey; great-grandchildren, Haley, Corey, Jr. and Emily Carter; her aunts, Lorraine Morse Merchant and Bertha Morse Harris; brother-in-law, Richard Beechum (Nancy), sister-in-law, Peggy McDonald and Marilyn Dubord; nephews, Ethan Wing (Martha), Dana Wing (Diane), niece, Beth Wing Pelletier (Paul), and several other nieces and nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews; many cousins from the Lane and Morse sides of his family; her special granddaughter, Kristen Brooks and her children Jade and Jameson; two special nephews, Rick Smith II and Mathew Smith; and his longtime companion, Gordon Sweet.
She was predeceased by her parents; her two husbands, her dear sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth J. (Betty) and Ronald D. Wing, several other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and many cherished cousins, aunts and uncles.
The family expresses their gratitude to the exceptional staff at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in Lewiston and Elite Homecare LLC in Buckfield. Condolence messages can be sent to: http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lois A. Beechum on Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m. at Auburn United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave., Auburn, ME 04210. Visiting time will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. just before the celebration. Arrangements by FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to mission programs supported by the Church of Lois including High Street Food Pantry, Trinity Jubilee Center and UMC Volunteers in Mission Projects, C / O United Methodist Church of Auburn
439, avenue du Parc
Auburn, ME 04210
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