294. Lois Nelson Johns
was born on 16 Jun 1913 in Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas. She died
on 16 May 2005 in Odessa, Ector County, Texas. She was buried in IOOF Cemetery,
Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas.
Lois Johns Fowler, fifty-eight year resident of Odessa, died on May 16, 2005,
a month to the day shy of her 92nd birthday.
Born in Round Rock June 16, 1913, she was the youngest of twelve children of
Claudia Genoma and George Washington Johns. The family lived on a ranch near
Round Rock, until Lois was eleven at which time her family moved to Georgetown,
where she received all of her education, graduating from high school in only
three years. At Southwestern University, she earned a degree in English and then
spent the next three years teaching high school in Iredale.
It was in the fifth grade, that Lois met her future husband, James Alexander
Fowler. The couple married in 1936 and lived in Austin before returning to Georgetown
for the war years, during which James served overseas in the U.S. Army. They
spent several years in Big Spring, before moving to Odessa in 1947 with the first
of their three sons. Lois Fowler was committed to building her adopted community
and was a true believer in Odessa. She wanted to make her new West Texas home
a better place for her family and herself. To that end she became president of
the Odessa Little Symphony and the Odessa Symphony Guild. The list of organizations
in which she served demonstrates the many lives she touched and includes the
Permian Playhouse, The Globe Theatre, the Junior Service League, which became
the Junior League of Odessa Inc., the Ector County American Cancer Society, Odessa
Litterbusters, Odessa Cultural Council, the Heritage of Odessa Foundation, the
Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the Bereavement Program with Hospice of Odessa and
the Girls Club. She loved and faithfully attended the First United Methodist
Church and was a member of the United Methodist Women.
Apart from service to her community, Lois was known for her boundless curiosity.
An avid reader from a young age, she continued to surround herself with the latest
literature and periodicals throughout her life. She pursued an ongoing interest
in painting and traveled extensively with her husband in the United States and
Canada, as well as numerous trips abroad to Europe and Asia. With a high sense
of adventure for food, she instilled a passion for cuisine in her sons and after
they were grown, founded a catering company.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; and her beloved husband.
She is survived by Michael McSwain Fowler and his wife, Cece, of Houston, Thomas
Richard Fowler and his wife, Judy Roby, of Austin, and James Nicholas Fowler
and his wife, Cindy, of Odessa; as well as her grandchildren, Julie Fowler Freund,
Jessica Fowler Van De Weile, Catherine Fowler McDonald, Jennifer Fowler Davis,
Peyton McSwain Fowler, Sarah Elizabeth Fowler and Alice Rose Fowler; her great-grandchildren
include, Fowler and Caraleigh Freund, Emma, Molly and Nick Van De Weile, Ashlyn
and Kade Davis and Peyton McDonald.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery
The family is especially grateful for the sincere, loving care and affection
she received at Parks Methodist Retirement Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Globe
Theatre in Odessa.
Services are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was married to James Alexander Fowler in 1936.
James Alexander Fowler was born on 2 Dec 1913. He died on 10 Jan 1983
in Ector County, Texas.(87) He was buried
in IOOF Cemetery, Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas. Lois Nelson Johns and
James Alexander Fowler had the following children:
Michael McSwain Fowler (Private).
Thomas Richard Fowler (Private).
James Nicholas Fowler (Private).