Obituary for Lois Liggett (Wendling)
Lois Lorraine (Wendling) Liggett, died February 5th 2018 in the loving and gentle care of family and friends and all of the staff at Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita, KS where she was a volunteer for 20 years.
Lois was born Nov.3, 1925 on a farm near Lowell Nebraska to Vera (Utter) and Henry Wendling. She was the younger daughter of two (Doris Matheson, died Feb 1961).
In 1943 after graduating from High School in Shelton Ne., Lois began her teaching career in a one room school house in Buffalo Co., Ne.
In December 1945 Lois married a returning Marine, Robert “Bob” Liggett (died Oct 1997) from Shelton Ne.
Always interested in music, she taught piano through the 40’s and 50’s and was the church pianist at Shelton Methodist Church.
In 1957, the family, which now included daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” and son Raymond “Ray” moved to Belle Plaine, KS.
In 1960 Lois began teaching elementary music, grades 1-5, in Belle Plaine, Ks. She continued her education while teaching and graduated from Friends University in 1966 and received her Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in 1972. Lois retired from teaching in Belle Plaine in 1990 after 30 years.
She never fully retired from pursuing knowledge or teaching. Her desire was to learn something new every day and she did so up until the last few days of her life. She continued to teach piano, dulcimer, singing, etc. until the end and she also continued performing into her 90’s. Music was her life after family and friends. Lois loved following the lives of her former elementary students many of whom found their first love of music through her. Once a friend you were locked in for life.
Lois was a 4-H leader, a Cub Count Den Mother, Sunday School teacher, church pianist and organist, she presented pioneer music programs at Cow Town in Wichita and area schools. She was a life-time member of the Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance, of which she and Bob were charter members and helped start the organization.
Lois is survived by her children, Cindy Prewitt (Jim) and Ray (Kate Conyers), Grandsons Michael Prewitt (Jennifer), Cooper and Jackson Liggett, and Great Granddaughters Samantha and Sarah Prewitt as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other family members. Lois gathered so many people into her extended family including Sue and Mark Dohrer and their children Kevin and Megan, and John and Jean Elam. The family wishes to thank Sue and John and Jean for the extra love and attention they gave Lois over the years. The staff at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, Ks where mom made her home for the last 21 years also deserve our special thanks.
Lois Lorraine Liggett – LLL
LIVED to the fullest, LOVED with her whole heart, LAUGHED joyously. She is making music with the angels ....
Visitation 4-8 pm, Tuesday, February 13, at Smith Mortuary, 501 S.E. Louis Blvd., Mulvane. Funeral service 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 14, at Grace United Methodist, 320 College St., Winfield.
Memorial donations if desired may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67212 (hynesmemorial.org); Grace United Methodist Church, 320 College St., Winfield, KS 67156; Home on the Range Cabin, c/o The People's Heartland Foundation, 136 S. Main, Smith Center, KS 66967 (thehomeontherange.com); or Cumbernauld Village Employee Assistance Fund, 716 N Tweed St, Winfield, KS 67156; or the Clearwater Camp for Girls, www.clearwatercamp.org.