Lois J Schell (Marsh) passed away June 25, 2019, in Hendersonville NC
She was born August 20, 1936 to Dorothy Havens Marsh, and Clifton Marsh above the Hope Post Office In the home of her Grandparents Boyd and Ada Havens then acting postmaster.
She attended Hope Elementary School grades one thru eight. Her 1947 class was pictured in the Midland Daily News book Looking Back 150 years of memories.
Her high school years were spent at Cedar Lake Academy (now Great Lakes Adventist Academy) where she was editor of the school paper, and graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1954.
In 1955 and 1956 she attended Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) where she earned a two year degrees in Secretarial Science and set typing and short hand records.
In 1957 she was employed by The Dow Chemical in the patent department working for four patent attorneys in the agricultural area. In that same year she married Richard Schell of Bethlehem Pennsylvania who she met while attending Andrews University. Their first home was a rented house from Mac & Helen Whiting on Eastman Avenue near the Grace Dow Library. For many years the family lived on Post St. next to the Alden Dow home and studio where her husband worked for the Alden Dow family and architectural firm. In 1970 the family moved to a new home in Hope, Michigan where they resided until June 2016 moving that month to Hendersonville NC. occupying a villa at Fletcher Park Inn a retirement community.
Her first of four children was born in 1958, a daughter, subsequently three boys were born from 1960 to 1967. Three of the children became physicians, anesthesiologists, reproductive endocrinologist, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and one became an Executive Vice President, Director of International Tax and assistant Treasurer of the Kellogg Corporation.
Her children were her life. She devoted her time and talents, the most noble of all occupations, to their success in music, learning to cook, their school work and their spiritual development. She was a solid rock in the decades of social upheaval in this country.
In the Midland Seventh-day Adventist church she filled many positions, Head Deaconess, Treasurer, Assistant Pathfinder Director, Children’s Department leadership, Youth Department leadership. Every church dinner found generous portions of food that she always brought. She was a volunteer at the Adventist Community Services in Midland.
Jesus said “it is more blessed to give than receive.” Lois lived her life, always thinking of the other person and giving of herself both in the form of time but also to the financial needs of others. She was a strong lady of faith and prayer.
For 33 years she was employed at the office of John Rigg CPA, acting as office manager, tax preparer. She retired from her positions in year 2009.
Her daughter Debra L Schell MD (Zevalkink) lives in Brookfield Wisconsin, Randall M Schell MD the oldest son lives in Lexington Kentucky, the middle son Richard W Schell, CPA, MBA lives in Portage Michigan, the youngest son Steven K Schell MD lives in Peoria Illinois.
She has 10 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Burial will be in the New Hope cemetery in Hope, Michigan.
Gifts in memorial can be made to Your Story Hour, Alzheimer’s Association local, Habitat for Humanity.