Lois Marie Hauge, 89, of Olympia Washington, passed away April 3, 2020, with her daughter by her side.
She was born to Ted and Belle Theis, February 14, 1931 in Bremerton Washington. Lois enjoyed the outdoors and her friends, some she kept in touch with til her death. Her treasured memories involved building with her dad and repairing the family car. She would laugh and say there were parts left over, but the car always ran!
Art was her favorite subject in school and Lois was very creative in many mediums. She was a member of the Girl Scouts thru High School. Lois enjoyed camping on Hood Canal, boating, bonfires and swimming.
Lois graduated from Bremerton high school in 1949. It was in school that she met her future husband, Duane Hauge. He joined her crew of friends and seemed to go everywhere she went. She would often joke that since Duane was always around, why not marry him! Lois and Duane attended confirmation classes at Memorial Lutheran Church and it was there that the began their Christian walk together, which lasted their whole lives!
On September 29th 1950, Lois married Duane Joseph Hauge.
She briefly worked for JC Penney's, but felt her true calling was to be a wife and mother. Lois dedicated herself to family, friends and church. She was a loving, giving, and kind person who took on any project with great determination always following through to the end.
Lois and Duane enjoyed several years in Bremerton and welcomed five children into their family. Russell, Carlynn, Steven, Sharon and Joan. Unfortunately Steven died as an infant and Lois and Duane called on their faith, family and friends to get through the loss.
Duane worked for the JC Penney Company and the day finally came that he received his first transfer to Reno Nevada. This was the first move of many! Lois found herself setting up new homes in Reno Nevada, Tacoma Washington, Boise Idaho, Fairbanks Alaska, Ventura California, Sacramento California, Las Vegas Nevada, and Los Angels California. In each new city they moved to Lois would seek out a church, establish the kids in school, volunteer at the local hospital, make new friends and create a beautiful home and garden.!
Finally in 1989 Duane retired. They chose a waterfront home with acreage on Hamersley Inlet in Shelton Washington. Lois once again created a beautiful home with spectacular gardens. Now they were back amongst family and old friends and new neighbors. Lois and Duane hosted four weddings, family gatherings, holidays and a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. Lois and Duane still traveled. They went to France and Mexico. They purchased a time share in Cabos San Lucas which they enjoyed for many years. Lois worked in the garden and Duane drove the riding lawn mower. They were quite a team!
Lois' and Duane's last move was in 2004. It was time to move to a more manageable house, closer to shopping and doctors and finally a place where Duane could actually find Lois when she worked in the yard. Although the house was small, family and friends always squeezed in to celebrate holidays and birthdays. There was always a pot of cioppino on the stove and a family picture at Christmas. Lois enjoyed bible studies at their new church and Duane became an Elder. The family pets, Hugo the cat and Alfy the lap dog settled in as well.
Lois lost her beloved husband, Duane on October 4th, 2015. They had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary! Lois was a loving, faithful and caring wife, nursing Duane through many health issues over the years. She continued caring for her home and pets after Duane's death. She hosted many family functionsp, until she finally passed the torch to a new generation.
Alfy died on March 13th and Lois was finally alone with her many memories. She had recently started to make plans to move, but there would be no more moves. Lois passed peacefully on April 3rd, 2020
Lois was a true gift from God. She loved jazz, crafting, cooking, plants and creating a comfortable home. Lois loved her Jesus, her husband, family and friends. She showed love, compassion, kindness strength and her faith to everyone she met. Lois will truly be missed and always loved and remembered!
Lois is survived by her four children: Russell Hauge (Jil) of Silverdale, Carlynn Koden (Rob) of Olympia, Sharon Cooper (Richard) of Moses Lake and Joan Sullivan of Federal Way. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and her brother Richard Theis (Betty) of Port Orchard. She was preceeded in death by her loving husband, Duane, her son Steven and grandson, Jeffrey.
This tribute is to serve as her memorial. It was Lois' and Duane's wishes that their ashes be spread together at Hood Canal, a place that held so many fond memories for them.