Lois Trout, 62, Minot, formerly of Sherwood, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at a Minot hospital.
She was born Oct. 12, 1950, in Minot, the youngest child to Reuben and Leona (Holte) Olson. The family lived on a farm several miles west of Antler. She started school at Wheaton Township School before transferring to Sherwood in the third grade. She graduated from Sherwood High School in 1968. Lois attended Bottineau College School of Forestry for one year and then transferred to Minot State Teachers College. She came very close to completing a teaching degree.
Lois married Paul Trout on May 28, 1972, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sherwood. Paul and Lois first dated when she was a freshman in high school and the first girl Paul had kissed. The two resumed dating while Paul was in the Army, shortly before he left for Vietnam in 1969.
They lived in Sherwood from 1972 to 1976. From 1973 to 1975, they made many trucking trips to Montana, Duluth, Minn., and Minneapolis. The two thoroughly enjoyed these trucking trips. Lois was a big help to Paul when they loaded grain from farms and watched the truck while he was in the grain bin. Several times they stayed with Lois's family in Conrad, Mont.
They bought a trailer and moved it onto the Trout family farm south of Sherwood in 1976. They lived in the trailer from 1976 to 1989, until moving into the Trout farm home after Paul's father retired from farming.
Lois worked many different jobs which included a substitute teacher at Sherwood School, a bank in Mohall, the nursing homes in Mohall and Westhope, selling Tupperware, home health care services in Minot, and cleaning the homes of several elderly women. Lois also worked at MTI for about 13 years in Mohall. Lois made many wonderful friends while working there.
Paul and Lois moved to Minot in January of 2010. She loved their home in Minot. Lois loved being able to travel and the family made trips to the Black Hills, Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.
Lois was a woman of deep profound faith and love for Jesus. She began her relationship with Jesus in 1971 through Lyle Thorpe's ministries. Lois had a passion for praying for her family, friends, and the United States. She spent her days sharing her love of Jesus with others generously, reading her Bible, and playing piano and singing worship songs. Lois loved spending time at church.
Doctors told Lois and Paul they could not conceive together, but the Lord blessed them with two wonderful children, Mark and Megan. Her children were Lois's pride and joy. Lois loved attending the sporting events of her children and passionately cheered for her kids. Lois was a wonderful mother who loved her children unconditionally.
Lois was a dedicated and committed farm wife. She helped Paul by driving combine, grain truck, picking rock, cooking countless meals and many other things. Lois loved the farm that she and Paul had established together. It was a passion of hers and serving Paul on the farm brought her so much joy and fulfillment.
Lois was a wonderful wife and loved Paul with all her heart. She had the heart of a servant and joyfully cared for Paul when his health started to decline in recent years. Lois and Paul celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012. The two enjoyed going out for breakfast every morning. After Paul suffered a heart attack in August, Lois would not leave Paul's side. Lois left this earth doing what she loved most, spending time with Paul.
Lois, a woman loved by all who knew her
Family: husband, Paul Trout, Minot; son, Mark Trout (girlfriend, Victoria Klingbeil), Minot; daughter, Megan Trout, Minot; mother, Leona Olson, Mohall; brother, Ron (Maxine) Olson, San Antonio, Texas; sister, Karen (Ed) Blomme, Edina, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Cleo (Daniel) Mueller and Shelley (Michael) Bernard, all of Fergus Falls, Minn., Beth (Douglas) Mansfield, Brainerd, Minn., and Lisa Trout, Columbia Falls, Mont.; eight nieces and nephews, four great-nieces and great-nephews.
Lois was preceded in death by her father, Reuben.
Memorial service: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 2 p.m., at First Assembly of God, Minot.
Friends may sign the guestbook two hours prior to the service at the church.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)