October 31, 1921 – October 29, 2012
Lois Allgood, 90, of Pella and formerly of New Sharon, died Monday, October 29, 2012, at Jefferson Place in Pella. She was born October 31, 1921, near New Sharon, the daughter of Joy L. and Tressa Gable Cox. She graduated from the Grinnell High School with the class of 1939. Early on she taught country school in Poweshiek County, worked as a clerk at Beal’s Grocery and reported news for the New Sharon Star. On July 27, 1941 she was united in marriage to Donald Allgood in Oskaloosa, Don died July 12, 2001. Following their marriage they farmed around New Sharon for a time, they then bought a farm near Barnes City. In 1961 they bought an acreage in New Sharon. Lois also worked at J.C. Penney’s in Oskaloosa for 23 years, retiring from there in December of 1983. She was a very active member of the New Sharon United Methodist Church, where she was involved in United Methodist Women, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher for many years, Secretary to the Trustee Committee, and co-chair of the Funeral Committee. She was also active in 4-H serving as a leader and on committees. Lois and Don were very involved in the Democratic Party in Mahaska County for many years. Lois was a very devoted wife, mother and community member. She gave of her time and talents to serve the needs of her family and community. In the years after Don passed away, Lois enjoyed many trips including one to New Zealand and Australia she took when she was 85 years old. She enjoyed an active life until she broke her hip in 2006, and later moved to Friendship Village in Pella in 2007. Early on she enjoyed roller skating, bowling and square dancing. She also enjoyed horses, harness racing, and word finds. She was an avid gardener, she was especially proud of her strawberry and sweet corn patches.
Her family includes her two children and their spouses, Pat and Curt Hite of Pella, Dennis and Kathy Allgood of Eugene, Oregon; five grandchildren, Denise Hite, Clint (& Natalie) Hite, Sarah (& Rob) Beach, Emily Allgood, and Jennifer Allgood; one great grandson, Caden Hite; two sisters, Erma Lincoln of Grinnell and Marjorie McIssac of Rancho Cordona, California; a brother and his wife, Gerald and Emily Cox of Vancouver, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenneth Cox.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Pastor Jonathan Heikes officiating. Burial will be in the Friends Cemetery near New Sharon. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Wednesday after 1 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 6-8 Wednesday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the New Sharon United Methodist Church or the New Sharon Fire Department or Hospice of Pella.