Lois Elaine Clark

A celebration of life for Lois Elaine Clark, 87, Lawrence, will be 2:00pm Saturday April 23, 2022 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, 1263 N. 1100 Road, Lawrence, KS  66047.

Mrs. Clark died February 26, 2022 at LMH Health after a brief illness.

Lois was born in Omaha, Nebraska May 21, 1934, the daughter of Harley and Hazel Meisinger. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, and a Master’s Degree in Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas.  In 1996 she retired after a 30-year career at the University of Kansas as Assistant Dean in the School of Architecture and Urban Design, having served in many positions.

Lois married John Garretson Clark on January 30, 1954.  John died in 2000.  Lois then enjoyed the love and companionship of Don Marquis for 19 years.  She was an avid and “professional” traveler, a good thing because while John Clark worked on his degrees, followed grants and fellowships, and took sabbaticals they moved no less than 10 times in a 20-year span, covering at least 8 states and France.  She also greatly enjoyed traveling for fun, including theater and ballet trips with Dons.  She filledf many photo albums.

Lois held Jayhawk season basketball tickets from 1958 until her death.  She was a dedicated bridge player, attaining enough points to be Grand Master.  She was a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lawrence, KS.  She gave her time and was a very generous supporter of many organizations.  She was a strong, compassionate, and giving woman, known as a mentor to many.  She will be greatly missed by her wide circle of friends, and her family.

She is survived by her companion Don Marquis, three children: Garry, Steve (Sharon), and Larisa (Bruce); sister Lorene Robbins (Jack), and brother Larry Meisinger (Connie).  Lois cherished her six grandchildren:  Steven (Amber), Ann E, Brandon, Emily, Shelby and Mackenna, and her greatgrandchildren Mason, Liam, Gage.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of choice and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The celebration of life will be available to watch remotely at:


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Messages & Condolences

From Margaret Sheridan...

My condolences to Larisa, Garry, and Steve for the loss of your mother. Please take care.

From Edmund (Buzz) Loew...

John and I were roommates at Park. I knew your folks when they started dating and enjoyed visiting at the mini-reunions at Fowlers. I last saw Lois in 2019 on a trip back east. We had a delightful visit. My prayers for you all and fond memories for me. Blessings!

From Paula Hatcher...

I will miss you so much, Lois. Our dinners together, then the pandemic pizza and salad dinners on Don’s porch will be a wonderful memory of laughter. You brought so much to my life and I’m glad you were part of mine.

From Ann Renee...

My sincere condolences to Lois’ family. Loss is never easy, so I hope behind each tear you shed you’ll find a memory that will put a smile back on your face. It’s comforting to know she is resting peacefully in God’s loving care. Isaiah 26:19; Psalms 37:29

From Diane Gross...

Larisa & Family – So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this sad time and sending you hugs.

From Grant Sutton...

We are sorry to lose the wonderful and friendly bridge player. A pleasant fire at the table.

From Lijia Lyles...

She was a force. She taught me so much and loved me as her own. I will never be able to thank her enough for letting me be apart of her family and life. Garry, Steve and Larisa you are in my thoughts and prayers. Condolences to all who knew and loved her. I’ll miss you Lois. I love you. Thank you and rest in Paradise.


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