Lois Hume Windhorst, age 91, of Hamburg, passed away on Oct. 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 30, 1924, to Fenton and Zola (Divelbiss) Hume.
Lois was married on Sept. 14, 1944, to Robert Windhorst.
Lois was the first woman to graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1945.
She was employed at the Kansas City B-25 Factory as a drafting technician during WWII.
After the war, she moved to Summit, N.J., with her husband and worked alongside him as a storekeeper.
Lois was a Cub Scout Den Mother and volunteered at Jefferson Elementary school, in the library.
In the late 60’s she attended Rutgers University to learn computer programming.  
She then worked at Verona Division of Baychem Corporation as a Scientific Programmer until she moved to Hamburg, Iowa in 1973 to begin farming with her husband.  
While in Hamburg, Lois was a Girl Scout troop leader and a member of several card clubs.
She was active in the Republican Party as a caucus leader.  
Lois was on the board of the Mule Barn Theatre in Tarkio, Mo.  
She was a lifetime member of the DAR, Shenandoah Chapter.  Lois was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westboro, Mo.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Robert; and sister Marjorie Cox.
She is survived by her three children: William (Helen), Penelope Murphy, and Robert Jr.; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
Private interment of ashes for both Lois and Robert will be 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Sidney, Cemetery with Military Rites by the Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post 128 of Sidney.  
There will be no viewing or visitations.  
Memorials may be given to the Hamburg Fire and Rescue in Hamburg.  
The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, is in charge of arrangements.