Lois Livengood, 102, died peaceably on Jan. 9, 2020, just two days short of her 103rd birthday, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
She was born to Abram and Grace Piatt on Jan. 11, 1917 in Bement, IL. She lived on farms in Piatt County, IL, until she completed her education to become a teacher at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Following graduation, she moved to Milledgeville to be a Home Economics teacher. She taught for 15 ½ years and was very proud of the fact that when the new addition was added to the high school, she was chosen to design every aspect of the new Home Economics classroom. To this day, most all that she planned remains in place.
She married Lyle Livengood on May 29, 1941, and continued living on their family farm until they retired to town in 1969. Since Lyle served on the Carroll County Farm Bureau Board, she became involved in the women’s division of the Farm Bureau and was elected to serve on the Illinois State Farm Bureau Women’s committee, serving for 10 years. She later helped bring Home Bureau into Carroll County. She was a charter member and was President along with other offices throughout the years.
She was co-leader for the Milledgeville 4-H club for 7 years with many of their sewing projects being exhibited at the Illinois State fair.
While living in Milledgeville, she and Lyle were very much involved in the Dutchtown Church of the Brethren serving as Sunday School teachers, deacons, board clerk and camp counselors. She moved to Dixon in 2004 to be near her daughter and joined the Dixon Church of the Brethren. She has had many hobbies in her long life which included sewing, knitting, traveling, painting, reading and working with jigsaw puzzles. She also wrote a short story when she was 100 entitled “The Not-So-Good Old Days” that received first place in the book entitled A Living History of Northwestern Illinois “Green Stamps and The Wringer Washer”. She was very proud of that honor.
She was preceded in death by her husband (1999), and her parents. Survivors include her daughter, Janet Hoover (Dale Ikens) of Dixon, Granddaughter, Dawn Hoover and Great Grandson, Troy Hoover, both of McMinnville, TN and many nieces & nephews.
Visitation will be at the Dixon Church of the Brethren from 9-11 am on Jan 17 with the Celebration of Life Service immediately following. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Dixon Church of the Brethren, Heritage Square and Serenity Hospice and Home.
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com.