Lois Ann Llewellyn

Lois Ann (Nieman) Llewellyn departed this life on April 18th. She was born in Nortonville, Kansas on August 10th, 1930 along with her twin sister Doris, joining older siblings, Edward, Naomi and Elaine, to parents Margaret and Edward Nieman.

She attended Pittsburg State Teachers College and earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Kansas.

While at Pittsburg State she met H.E., “Lew”, Llewellyn at a “back to school” dance. They were married in1953 and moved to Lawrence in the summer of 1957. Lois soon began her 22 year- long career in the Lawrence School system teaching special needs children.

After her retirement from teaching, she served as the first Executive Director of Trinity Community Services, now Trinity in Home Care.

In 1978 Lois and Lew were awarded the Kiwanis Kansas Builder of Families Award. Lois received numerous recognition for her service and dedication to the community including: the FOE Eagle of the Year, Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Award, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Kansas District Teacher of the Year and Trinity in Home Care 2013 Inspirata award given to those who have given of themselves to lead, inspire and further the quality of life for older citizens. Since 1957 she was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran church, and dedicated to the Lutheran Women’s Mission League. She served as the Kansas State President of that League for 4 years beginning in 2000.

She is survived by her loving husband Lew and five children, Beth Llewellyn, Sally Kirkpatrick (Mike), Herb Llewellyn (Lori), Amy Wilson (Mark), and Matt Llewellyn who were blessed by her patience, understanding and strong faith.

She is also survived by two sisters; Doris Coen of Hutchison and Elaine Saffels of Topeka. Grandchildren Justin and Megan Kirkpatrick, Caitlin Killian and Gareth Llewellyn, Kensley and Ben Wilson, and Samuel and Max Llewellyn. Great grandchildren Cash and Lannie Kate Killian, and Morgan Belle Kirkpatrick.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence. There will be a reception following the service and then burial will follow at the Nortonville Cemetery in Nortonville, Kansas.

The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts are gratefully requested for the Kansas District Lutheran Women’s Mission League or Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choose and can be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


19 Condolences

  1. Marvin L Kohlmeier on April 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Coach Lewis and family,

    I just learned in church this morning of your beloved Lois from a dear friend of hers, Carol Feek who she took under her wings and mentored her in LWML. I shared with her special memories I had of lovely visits to your home and what a dear “lady” Lois was and what a passion she had for her Lord. I will pray God’s comfort on all of your family during the days ahead.

    Marvin and Karen Kohlmeier

  2. Ranae Hampton on April 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Lew and family,
    I considered Lois one of my best friends and my biggest fans. She was always welcoming, warm, faithful and loving. I met her and Lew in 1995 while a student at KU. They were my host family from Immanuel. We all became close friends and have been in touch ever since. Lois was such a strong, inspiring woman. Although miles often separated us, I thought of her often. She will be missed and celebrated by so many. My thoughts and comforting prayers are with Lew, her children and grandchildren and the many loving friends she leaves behind. We will all join her one day and she will welcome us all with her kind heart and open arms.

  3. Michael Fink on April 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    My condolences Lew and family;

    Meeting both of you when starting KU and worshiping with you at Immanuel Lutheran was truly a blessing. I know I’m not the only student to go there who can say this.

    She was a lovely and caring woman with a passion for sharing Christ’s love in everything she did.

  4. Mark Nieman & Family on April 20, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Our condolences to Uncle Lew and family. Lois was my Aunt and godmother and help me grow up in a christan life. Lois never knew a stranger and was a remarkable person to be around. She lit up the room when she arrived and made you feel warm and welcome regardless if you were a friend, relative or meeting her for the first time. She raised a remarkable family. She will be missed, but we know she is having a great conversation with our Lord and Savior in heaven.

  5. Orval & Nancy Huckeba Engling on April 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    She was a in inspiration to all who knew her. A lovely christian woman. We will miss her smile.

  6. Leslie Wofford on April 20, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Uncle Eustace and family,

    Our condolences to you and your family. Aunt Lois will be missed greatly. We hadn’t seen her in awhile and have missed her intriguing conversations. Your family will be in our prayers.

    Leslie and Larry Wofford, Kristie Wofford, Karrie and Tim Roberts

  7. Angela and Eric Jeppesen Family on April 20, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Praising God for the life of Lois! Her passion for praising God through giving to others was and is an inspiration. She shared her own brand of humor and love with everyone she met. She was blessed to be a blessing and will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers to Lew and family.

  8. Karen Waterman Eskew on April 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to you and the family at the loss of Lois. She was such a wonderful Christian lady that I have admired and loved for many years. She will be missed by many. I really appreciate all the things that Lois and you have done for me over the years.

  9. Mr. Kim R.Wrench on April 20, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Dear Sally and Family,

    My thoughts are with you during this time. Know you are in prayer and I offer my deepest sympathy to you all.

    Mr. Kim R. Wrench
    (Lawrence High class of 1974).

  10. John and Joyce Dillon on April 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Lew, Herb & Lori and families,
    Thinking of all of you at this time of sorrow. Remember all the good times and wonderful memories of Lois.
    Love John and Joyce

  11. Sandy Praeger on April 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Lois and Lew have been friends for many years. Lois was one of the most sincerely nice people I have ever known. She and Lew were such a sweet couple and so supportive of each other. My heart goes out to Lew because Lois was such a great companion. She will be missed by so many friends and family

  12. Diane Duffy and Mary Markowitz on April 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Thinking of you,and sending along our thoughts and prayers. Lois was a great woman, and she will be missed.

  13. Desiree Sigler on April 21, 2015 at 6:52 am

    May your family continue to gain strength , as the hearer of prayer embraces your hearts during this most difficult time. Keep comforting one another and building one another up, with love and encouragement to stay strong.

  14. Kim Murphree on April 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Beth, Amy, Herb, Matt, Sally, and Lew: I am so sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. She was a dear and kind lady who raised some pretty awesome kids. I pray that you will find comfort during this time of loss. I know its hard, and so we are praying for you and hope that you know many of us loved your mom, too. God bless and keep you.

  15. Julie and Gary Crowe on April 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Lois was a wonderful woman and friend and such a great inspiration to many. Keeping the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  16. Rev.Dr.Inba Joshua Inbarasu on April 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Beth,
    I am sorry to hear about mom’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss and grief. Though I didn’t get chance to see your mom Lois in person, I heard great things about her especially her faith through you. Thank you. With prayers for God’s Peace. Shalom! Pastor Inba.

  17. Dennis Dailey on April 21, 2015 at 4:33 pm


    I was so sadden to hear of your loss of your dear Lois. My first thought was, “oh darn, now who will I have to tease at auctions and sales.” I will so miss her bubbly smile. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Vicki Julian on April 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Lew and Family,

    I will always remember Lois fondly and her quick smile and sweet disposition – the perfect Stephen Minister! It’s also nearly impossible to think of her without thinking of Lew, too. What a wonderful couple! I know the joy of having a soul mate and the pain of losing one, but believing a reunion awaits us all seems to make loss more tolerable with time. You are all in my prayers!

  19. Jim Pendleton on April 24, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Dear Llewellyn Family…
    Many heartfelt condolences to Lew, Beth, Sally, Herb, Amy, Matt and the rest of the family! I have many great memories of Lois and always admired her zest for life and her faith. She was a very dear friend to both of my folks and will be missed.
    May the Lord bless you with His peace!
    Jim and Barbara Pendleton

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