Lois Ruth Neher

Lois Ruth Neher

Lois Ruth Neher, 92, died surrounded by family on March 28, 2021, in Wichita, Kan. She died from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

She was born in McPherson, Kan., on Dec. 20, 1928. She attended McPherson College, graduating in 1951. 

She married Gerald Neher on Dec. 23, 1952. In 1954 Lois and Gerald went to the mission field in Nigeria with the Church of the Brethren. They raised four children there, and Lois taught adult education. 

They returned to the United States in 1968, where she taught elementary school, retiring from the Anna school system in 1989. 

Lois and Gerald raised Simmental cattle, Appaloosa horses and Greater Swiss Mountain dogs on their farm in Anna. 

They hosted many foreign exchange students. They were members of the United Methodist Church in Anna and Carbondale.

In 2008 Lois and Gerald moved to the Cedars Retirement Community in McPherson, Kan. 

Mrs. Neher co-authored two books about Nigeria with her husband. She was a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlan Yoder and Fidelia (Frantz) Yoder Stubbs; and by her husband, Gerald. 

She is survived by her children, Rodney Neher (Mary) of Janesville, Wis., Karen Neher (Mahamoud) of McPherson, Kan., Bryce Neher (Melissa) of Udell, Iowa, and Connie Weesner (Bill) of Hutchinson, Kan.; and by the following grandchildren: Ben Neher, Isaac Neher (Betsy), Joel Neher, Kyle Neher (Danielle), Luke Neher, Courtney Weesner and Annie Weesner. She also is survived by her brother, Gordon Yoder (Ann) of Longmont, Colo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the  Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), Cedars Retirement Community or the McPherson Animal Shelter Medical Fund, c/o Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, Kan. 67460.

Stockham Family Funeral Home in McPherson, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

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