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Lois Hein


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Near 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, as the lightning brightened the sky and thunder roared, the Heavens welcomed home 91-year-old Lois Hein.
When Lois was born way back on March 15, 1926, they broke the mold because she was definitely one of a kind. Lois, also known as “The Queen or QM (Queen Mother)” enjoyed life to its fullest. She loved to laugh, spend time with her family and friends and share her chair with her dog Bubba! Staying busy was the key to Lois’ long and happy life. Lois was a fixer-upper of many older homes including several in Kansas, Silver City as well as Roswell. She loved to sew and do crafts, including homemade greeting cards. The Queen loved to grow flowers, plants and trees. She designed and collected dolls. She once made a life-sized doll and named her Hillary. No matter how prepared a person was knowing Hillary occupied a chair in the craft workroom, she still scared the heck out of them when they walked through the door, which made Lois laugh and laugh!
Despite her rough and strong exterior, Lois was a kind and compassionate friend to many. When someone was ill or moving away, The Queen was the first to offer her services and well wishes. She was always a supporter of the underdog!! A foreign exchange student from Sweden who lived with Lois’ family nearly 45 years ago summed it up best when she called Lois “a unique and powerful woman who was a role model for us as women.”
Those from Roswell left to cherish years of precious memories of their fun (but ornery and unpredictable) mother are her daughter Sally and her partner Susan, her son Larry and his wife Cathy. Lois’ son Duke and his wife Sara feel the loss from Las Cruces and rounding out the clan is Connie and her husband Matt from Albuquerque.
Lois was so proud to be the matriarch of the family. She had four grandchildren: Amy, Erik, Lindsey and Cameron. Lois was also “the favorite aunt” to now-adult kids from Indiana to Minnesota and from Texas to Arizona and New Mexico.
No services are planned as Lois wanted to be cremated with her ashes spread on Soldier Mountain that she enjoyed so much … and when Lois spoke, no one dared dispute her.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Lois’ love of animals with a donation to the Roswell Humane Society.