Lois Evelyn Badger, 86, died Jan. 9, 2015, in Tallahassee.
A graveside service was held for her Friday, Jan. 16, at Beulah Cemetery in Winter Garden.
Lois was one of eight children born to Martha and Burie Rayborn in rural Alabama. The family moved to Central Florida in the 1930s, and Lois graduated from Orlando High School in 1946. After her children started school, she began her career as a bank teller at Citizen’s (later Pan American) National Bank in Orlando.
She met Elmer Badger, the love of her life, at the Coliseum Skating Rink in Orlando in 1948. They were married for 66 years. Elmer departed his physical body just four weeks ago on Dec. 5, 2014. Lois was able to wait just 34 days before leaving to join him.
Another of her great loves was Jesus Christ. She considered herself a Christian first and foremost and until she went blind in her later years read her Bible every day.
She loved music and sang all day every day. This could have been annoying but luckily she had a beautiful voice. She enjoyed all kinds of music, but hymns were her favorite. In her later years, she had dementia, and even though she couldn’t recall names and places, she still remembered all the words to hundreds of songs.
Lois is survived by her daughters, Lynn Badger, of Havana, and Juliet Lee; her grandchildren, Bryce and Brette; and two brothers and a sister.
Funeral arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations, 1132 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787.