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Lois Ann LaQuey died Tuesday April 13, 2010, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango, Colo. She was 79 years old. On June 16, 1930, a girl by the name of Lois Ann Stump was born to Winifred and Harding Stump in Albia, Iowa. The family moved to Gunnison, Colo., in 1936. Lois attended school in Gunnison and graduated from Gunnison High School. The following fall she went to school at Western State College majoring in music. She was the drum majorette for the band, played the French horn and piano. On December 15, 1949, she married a cowboy named Thomas LaQuey. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 15, 2009. They lived in Pueblo, Simla and Wray, Colo. In Wray she was the general manager of the senior citizens housing program, a Sunday school teacher and she was the choir director of the United Methodist Church for ten years. Her Christmas cantatas were sought after from many churches in northeastern Colorado. She also taught piano lessons to dozens of youngsters in the Wray area. Lois and Tom moved to Botswana in 1978. There she was secretary for USID for three years and in North Yemen she worked as a secretary for two years. They lived in Zambia and Jerusalem also. She loved to travel and has seen most of the continents of the world. She retired in Durango with her husband in 1983. She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. LaQuey, four children: Thomas H. LaQuey of Cedaredge, Colo.; Susan LaQuey from Haiti; Timothy LaQuey of Denver, Colo.; and Merrie Brown of Norwood, Colo.; and one brother Warren Stump of Sun City, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie LaQuey. There are nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society, c/o Department of Research, 1800 E. 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301; Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301 or the United Methodist Church, c/o Choir Department, 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango, CO 81301. There will be a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2010, with a time of fellowship and refreshment afterwards.

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