Ida "Lois" Reeser Rose, 90, of Vestal, died on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at home and with family. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Richard, in 1987, and by her parents, Lewis and Bertha (Williamson) Reeser.
Lois is survived by her son, Douglas, and his wife, Patricia; her daughter, Linda; her grandchildren, Emily and D.J.; as well as cousins and other dear family and friends.
Born July 21, 1931, Lois grew up in West Wyoming, Pennsylvania. She graduated Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1952 and worked as a registered nurse, primarily in doctors' offices. She later taught nursery school at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Vestal. Following her husband's death, she attended Broome Community College and graduated in 1990.
Lois had a passion for learning, growing, nurturing, and helping. She volunteered in numerous capacities, including as a tutor for students of English as a Second Language, with SeniorNet, as a scout leader, Red Cross nurse, Stephen Minister, and as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. A talented painter, portrait artist, photographer, writer, casserole-cook, and crafter, she saw and shared beauty in everything. She treasured her family and adored her grandchildren. Time spent with them was her very favorite activity, and she always wanted to hear their latest stories and share her memories of when they were little.
To Lois, giving and sharing love was the most important thing. A lifelong United Methodist, she lived out her faith through her actions and generosity. She found joy in even simple things, and she loved to laugh. And we loved to laugh with her. She will be missed tremendously, and loved always.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Vestal United Methodist Church, Feed the Children, or the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. She would also ask that you share an expression of care with someone, take time to enjoy a sunset or watch clouds moving in the breeze with a friend, and maybe play with a dog or give a welcoming lap to a cat. As it says in one of her favorite readings, the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "it is in giving that we receive."
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 3, 2022, at the Vestal United Methodist Church, with the family receiving friends at 12:00 and the service to follow at 1:00. Interment at Vestal Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, LLC.