Lois Eleanor Read Abate, 89
Lois Eleanor Read Abate, 89, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, former resident of Sun City West, Ariz., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Shavertown, Pa., went to be with her Lord Jan. 9, 2019, at The Lodge at Fairway Forest, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Murnal Read and Verna Evans Read. She was also predeceased by a brother, Donald, in 1993 and her beloved and loyal dog, Duke.
Lois will be remembered by all for her vivacious personality. With her love of bright colors, glitter and sequins, she was always the best-dressed person in any group, and loved to laugh and share funny stories with her family.
Lois was a hard worker; her first job was with Kresge’s department store, where she was eventually promoted to the head cashier position. She later worked in a number of family businesses in the Pittston/Moosic area before landing her dream job: working with young students in Wilkes University’s Registrar’s Office, where she worked until her retirement in 1987.
Lois was also very proud of her service as Cub Scout den mother for Pack #33 and her work as a Red Cross volunteer.
Lois was deeply rooted in her faith and was a longtime member of the Church on the Green in Sun City West, Ariz., prior to her relocation to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She spent many hours cooking and serving community meals to those in need in Sun City West. Her family rests in the knowledge that she is now in the arms of her Lord and Savior.
Surviving is her loving husband of 70 years, Charles Abate and sons, Charles (Christine) of Syracuse, N.Y., Joseph (Kathi) of Coeur d’Alene, Richard (Cora) of Dallas, Pa., and Murnal (Elizabeth) of Montrose, Pa.; as well as grandchildren, Roberta, Sarah-Jane, Joseph, Alexandra and Richard; and great-grandchildren, PJ and Om.
Funeral service will be at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 12, 2019, at Yates Funeral Home, 744 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hospice of North Idaho, who provided wonderful care to Lois during her last illness.
Arrangements are provided by Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com