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Lois Joan Powers Kalthoff of Lexington, Missouri passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord on February 15, 2023. Lois was born on January 24, 1931, to Willard Blair and Mary Marie (McClaskey) Powers in Kansas City, Missouri. The oldest of nine children, Lois attended school in Kansas City and later in Sweet Springs, Missouri where she also worked with her grandmother at the Sweet Springs Diner and Truck Stop as a teenager.
On February 24, 1949, she married Carl J. Kalthoff at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall, Missouri and lived there for several years. The couple, then with two children, moved to Waverly, Missouri where they lived until 1967. With their six children, Lois and Carl moved to Lexington, Missouri. Lois enjoyed working for many years at Reed’s Department Store and at the Holiday Inn in Lexington. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
In 1974 Lois and Carl were divorced. Lois, and her youngest sons, later moved to the Kansas City area. Lois worked for many years at National Finance Company of Kansas City until her retirement in 2002. She then became a caregiver for elderly friends and later her son, Steven. She often attended Solid Rock Fellowship Church. In 2018 Lois moved back to Lexington.
Lois was a strong woman of Faith, Compassion and Hope, a loving mother, and a woman of many talents. She loved history, music, dancing, gardening, antiquing, cooking, and most of all her Family and the Lord. All through her life she conducted Bible Studies at Church and at her home with family, friends, and neighbors, including the homeless. Lois frequently helped the homeless in her neighborhood personally, through her church and through other organizations. She lived and walked by Faith and for the Service of helping others. In more recent years she strongly supported Beaumont Baptist Church and their programs which assist the homeless. Lois always had a great love and respect for all Veterans. She stayed in close touch with the Wounded Warriors Project in particular and helped to support them for years.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents Willard Powers and Marie Powers Meredith, Stepfather Francis Meredith, her sons, C. John Kalthoff SCPO-USN-Ret and Steven S. Kalthoff, daughter, JoAnna Kalthoff Faulwell, son-in-law, Ed Faulwell, brother James L. Powers, sister-in-law, Ruby Powers, and sisters, Fern Adkins, Jean Utter, and Brother-in-law Ray Utter.
She is survived by her son, Willard B. Kalthoff of Kansas City, Missouri, two daughters, Karen E. Meierer (James) of Lexington, Missouri and Michelle J. Railey (Monte) of Missouri City, Missouri, son of the heart, David Johnson, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, a brother, Willard B. Powers (Joni Diaz), four sisters, Mary Foster (Preston), Sharon Berry (Wayne), Victoria Catron, and Deborah Mayfield (Tom), many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service will take place on February 25, 2023, at the:
Beaumont Baptist Church
83t19 Independence Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri
Visitation 12:00 pm
Memorial Service 1:00 pm
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Beaumont Baptist Church or The Wounded Warriors Project Donate Here for Wounded Warrior Project