Lois Verlee (Akers) Whelan, the daughter of Otto Ray and Eunice Veda (Piper) Akers, was born at home on March 7, 1924, in rural Gravity, Iowa.  She attended Spread Eagle country school and successfully completed the 8th grade.  
As a young lady, she worked in various family homes helping with household tasks until she moved to Shenandoah, Iowa.  She was then employed at Henry Fields Nursery in the filing department and the printing department.  She also worked as a seamstress and inspector at the glove factory in Shenandoah.  
On Feb. 19, 1946, she met Timothy A. Whelan, a farmer from Watson, Mo.  They were married on Feb. 5, 1947, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tarkio, Missouri, with Father Yehle officiating. To this union, three children were born; Anna J., Timothy Ray, and Theresa M.  
Tim passed away Sept. 24, 1982.  
Lois passed away, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at the George C. Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg at the age of 94.  
Lois loved to read and enjoyed working word search puzzles. She embroidered beautiful pillowcases and attended the Watson Quilters group until her eyesight began to fail.  
In the past, Lois enjoyed gardening, tending to her roses, and mowing until health problems arose.  
However, she was always interested and actively involved in the farming operation and condition of the crops until her death.  
Her family was most important to her, showing interest in their jobs and in the younger ones school work and activities.
Lois was a very hard working lady who put love into everything she did, including the made from scratch angel food cakes for family birthday parties.  
In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was preceded in death by brother, Darrell (Atha) Akers, sisters, Dorothy (Edward) Crowe, and Lavelle (Gerald) Werner, brother-in-law, Fred Fine, and two sons-in-law, Dean Harris and Kyland Wakefield.  
Survivors include son, Timothy Ray Whelan and wife, Donna, Watson; daughters, Theresa M. Harris, Hamburg, and Anna J. Wakefield, Watson; four grandchildren, Tony Harris, Brian Harris, Matt Whelan and Lori (Whelan) Kean; four great-grandchildren, Christian Harris, Mark Harris, Hermione Harris, and Allie Kean; sister, Youvaun Fine, Maryville, Mo.; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends and other relatives.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Tarkio, Mo.
Burial was to be at High Creek Cemetery of Watson
Open visitation was to begin at 9 a.m., Friday at Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port, where a Rosary was to be recited at 6 p.m., followed by family receiving friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Memorials are assigned to  St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Tarkio, George C. Grape Community Hospital, Hamburg, or High Creek Cemetery, Watson. www.minterfuneralchapels.com    
Arrangements are by  Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port, Mo.