Lois Eggers died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls, SD. A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls SD. Interment will precede the service at 9:30 a.m. at the Hartford Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.
Lois Gertrude Tinkham was born on the family farm near Colton, SD on Oct. 19, 1919 to John and Lucy (Frederick) Tinkham. She attended Grand Meadow Country School, Colton High School, and graduated in 1937 from Humboldt High School. While working for her room and board, she attended Augustana College and received her Two Year Elementary Education Certificate in 1939. She landed her first teaching job in Vienna, SD where she was in charge of grades 1-5. It was there that Lois met the Superintendent, Paul Eggers. Paul joined the Army when World War II began. They were married July 11, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas on a three-day pass, and her 63 year long journey as a wife began.
After six years in the military and countless moves including Waverly, SD and Downey, CA, they made one final transition to Sioux Falls in 1958. Since free tuition was one of the perks offered to faculty family members, Lois returned to Augustana and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1961.
Lois loved being a homemaker and was also the family peacemaker. She attended all of their son John’s Washington High and Augie basketball games. Lois enjoyed fishing and cooking wild game because John loved the outdoors. She dragged out doing the supper dishes every night to keep their daughter, Cheryl practicing the piano. She kept the cookie jar full; was a gracious hostess; sought out new crafts and good books; and was a nurturer to the many who lived in the Eggers home for a few months or a few years. She loved traveling the world with Paul and dancing in his arms. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Ryan Nelson’s family moved right across the street in 1999, Lois and Paul considered themselves so blessed.
Lois loved God and said the words to the hymn “I Am Content” summed up her life.
She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl (Paul) Nelson, Gettysburg SD; two grandsons: Ryan (Carmen) Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD and Erik (Tami) Nelson, Gettysburg SD; one granddaughter, Kimberly (Jim) Rose of Weeki Wachee, FL; and eight extraordinary great-grandchildren: Parker, Mitchell, Teagan, and Cooper Nelson and Michael, Austin, Jacob, and Lucas Rose.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her son, John; and her sister and brother- in-law, Mary and Paul Graves.
Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial cards may be sent to Ryan Nelson, 1501 West 71st Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, or to Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.