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Lois Straw

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Lois Straw, age 82, of New Hampton, Iowa died Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey presiding. Interment will be in the New Hampton City Cemetery. Friends may greet the family beginning at 9:00 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2023 at the funeral home. If so desired, in leu of flowers, memorials may be made to SNAP of Chickasaw County, P.O. Box 150, New Hampton, Iowa. 641-394-4334. Lois was born on August 14, 1941, in New Hampton, Iowa, the cherished daughter of William and Eva (Holmes) Hill. Lois's journey through life was marked by a deep sense of community and a passion for both work and play. She laid the foundation for a life full of love and accomplishment during her formative years in New Hampton. Lois graduated from New Hampton High School in 1959, leaving behind a legacy as the Sweetheart Dance Queen and the proud holder of the title of Miss New Hampton. It was during this time that she caught the eye of fellow New Hamptonite Larry Straw. After a few initial attempts, Lois gave Larry a chance, and their love story began to unfold. They were united in marriage on June 11, 1960, and from this union, two daughters, Tammy and Tracy, were born. The couple initially settled in Waterloo before making Mt. Vernon their home. In Mt. Vernon, Lois served as the high school secretary while Larry taught P.E. and served as the school's wrestling head coach. They were a formidable team in the school system, working together seamlessly. In 1978, the couple returned to New Hampton and embarked on a new venture by joining the Carney/Schnurr/Carney Insurance agency. Lois, as the secretary/bookkeeper, skillfully ran the office alongside her husband. Eventually, they became proud owners, renaming the agency Carney/Straw Insurance. Their dedication and hard work were evident in the success of their business. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Lois was a woman who knew how to enjoy life. Her love for card games was legendary, and she passed down this passion to her family. Tuesday nights meant Ladies Night at the New Hampton Golf and Country Club, where Lois engaged in spirited games of rummy with her friends. Poker, bridge, and 500 were also among her favorites. Lois's love extended to her canine companions, Molly, Bart, Babe, and Boots, whom she cared for with unwavering devotion. Family was at the core of Lois's existence. Gatherings with the Straw family were marked by intense card games and joyous socialization. Her fun-loving spirit and warm presence will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her Lois is survived by her husband of 63 years Larry Straw of New Hampton; two daughters, Tammy Straw of Tampa, FL, Tracy Straw of Euclid, OH; brother-in-law, Tom (Connie) Straw of New Hampton; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert (Ellie) Hill; brother-in-law William (Ruth) Straw.

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  1. We will surely miss you, Lois. You are in good company with lots of card games to be played with some of the best❀️

  2. So sorry for your loss, deepest sympathies and prayers to all. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

  3. So very sorry to hear of Lois passing. Our sympathy to Larry & the girls. Enjoyed many games of bridge with Lois over the years.

  4. My sympathy and prayers to you Larry and the girls’ ,Lois played cards with us for many years, and we will all remember the good days. and good memories.
    Marian Gebel.

  5. Our hearts are saddened for your loss. Lois was such a kind sweet lady. Lots of fun Hawkeye game memories and golfing. Thoughts, Prayers & hugs for Larry and the girls. She will be missed.πŸ™πŸ˜”β€οΈ

  6. I’m so sorry that Lois has gone. We were in school together from kindergarten on. She was a generous spirit, and I’m sure her loss will be felt by many. Blessings, and peace, dear Lois.

  7. Larry and girls,
    You have our sincere sympathy for your loss. Lois was always fun to visit with at wrestling tournaments and golf course! πŸ’•πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’•

  8. Larry and family
    We are deeply saddened by the news of Lois’ passing. We have many fond memories of Lois. So very sorry. God Bless you all!

  9. Larry and family, you have my deepest sympathy. I have known Lois most of my life. She was so sweet. I grew up next door to her mom Eva. Hugs and prayers!

  10. Larry and Family. We extend our condolences to you on the loss of Lois. She was a remarkable and friendly person. She will be missed by all.

    Dan & Pat Fliger

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