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Obituary for Lois Elaine Sloboda (Brown)

Lois Elaine  Sloboda (Brown)
SLOBODA - Lois Elaine Sloboda (nee Brown) passed away at her home in Marne, Michigan on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the age of 83 years old. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Walter; her sister, Doris Johnson; 6 children – Nancy (John) Van’t Hof and Susan, Jeff (Dawn), Phil, Kevin (Teresa) and Amy Sloboda; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 11 nieces, 10 nephews, and 12 cousins. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Roy and Mary Helene (nee Estes) Brown; as well as her brothers, Darwin and Elwood Brown.

She was known to all for her kind heart and open door to her home. Lois was known as “everybody’s mom”.  A visit to Lois might include a game of cribbage, tasting her famous dill pickles or BBQ ribs or dining on whatever she had cooking on her stove (no one ever left hungry), but what a visit was certain to include was good conversation and laughter. As the family’s storyteller she always had interesting narratives and anecdotes to share and in return welcomed the stories her visitors had to share.

Lois inherited the best traits of her ancestors. Her bloodline included not only hundreds of kings and queens, but also dukes, earls, barons, archbishops, chief justices, privy councillors, governors, senators, mayors, generals, poets, playwrights, inventors, and business tycoons. She was known for her keen intelligence – graduating a year early from Union High School as class valedictorian, and for her wit, honesty, dignity, and compassion. Notably, her indomitable spirit gave her the strength to keep the upper hand over cancer for the past 20 years. Another trait of Lois was her raven black hair, which she inherited from her great-grandfather, U.S. Senator Robert Wilson, who was a U.S. Army General and, most significantly, the man who re-wrote the Missouri State Constitution to abolish slavery in that state.

As a royal descendant, Lois could trace many branches of her bloodline back to ancient times. One example is her maternal grandfather, George Estes, who traced his direct line of male ancestry back to Rome in 613 B.C. Lois’s 44th great-grandfather was Caius Activius (c.320-390), Senator of Rome. The Estes line of male descendants included the Hanoverian (Guelph) branch of the Estes family who became kings and queens of Great Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries – King George I through Queen Victoria (“Collins’ Peerage of England,” House of Este, Vol. 1, pp 1-24, by Sir Egerton Brydges, K.J.: Page 1: “The House of Brunswick possesses such founded claims to antiquity and importance that it has engaged a more than ordinary share of the attention of genealogists and historians. The celebrated Leitnitz, in particular, who passed forty years at the court of the Dukes of Hanover, laid the foundation of five volumes of folio.” Lois was also proud of being a descendant of Charlemagne through thousands of branches of her family tree.

Among her family she was known for her love of antiquing, her dogs, and her backyard wildlife sanctuary, but especially fishing. She was lovingly called the “fishing goddess” and “queen of the cane pole”. On family fishing outings she was always the first and last person to catch a fish during the day.

The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and pharmacists who provided exceptional care to Lois over the years. A private family ceremony and burial have already taken place.

In memory of Lois, and in lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable contribution to Kid's Food Basket, The Nature Conservancy, or your local animal shelter.

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