Former Miami resident Lois Rosetta Case passed away June 13, 2017 at Woods Health Services in her home community of Hillcrest in LaVerne, Calif. She was born to Simon Peter Gary, Sr. & Rosetta Anna Gary (nee Mensch) in Oak Park, Ill. on September 18, 1921. She grew up in Oak Park as the little sister of her sister Millie and brother Si. She graduated from high school in Oak Park and from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
She married James H. Case on July 4, 1942 in Albuquerque, N.M. She waited in Oak Park as he fought in the South Pacific. They were then at Air Force bases in Idaho, Utah, Texas and California.
Following the war they were in Texas and New Mexico with the Case family canning business, then she did office work in the Chicago Loop for a year or two before she and Jim struck out for California with sons Jimmy and Bobby. After a few more years office work and the birth of another son, Dick, and continuing to raise those boys in Pasadena, Arcadia and Sierra Madre, she attended CalState LA for a credential and became a beloved English teacher at John Muir High School in Pasadena in the early sixties.
She found reward in continuing that career in the area of Miami, Okla. when Jim was transferred there with BF Goodrich in the mid seventies. After retirement they did more traveling including visits to theirs sons’ families in California, Arizona and Alaska.
Lois moved back to California a few years after Jim’s passing in 2009 and lived at Hillcrest with nearby help from son Bob and his family.
She had been an active member of the Sierra Madre United Methodist Church, the First United Methodist Church of Miami, Okla. and the La Verne United Methodist Church. In addition she had been a Greek sorority sister, a Cub Scout Den Mother, an avid bridge player, a PEO member and a volunteer in a variety of capacities.
She was preceded in death by Jim, her husband of 66 years, by their infant son, Walter Gary Case; and, was the last to pass of all 15 family members (siblings & in-laws) of The Greatest Generation.
She is survived by three sons, Dr. James Harold Case, Jr. and wife Erica of Anchorage, Alaska; Robert Neil Case and wife Marie of Covina, Calif.; and Richard Dean Case and wife Gail of Flagstaff, Arizona; nine grandchildren, Cynthia Bower, Christopher Case, Michael Case, Carl Case, Jessica Boucher, Samantha Wilson, Allison Barker, Nicholas Case and Lauren Hixson; and, five great grandchildren, David Case, Christian Hixson, Arthur Bower, Kaylin Wilson & Zayne Wilson, and with more on the way.
A funeral service was held by the La Verne United Methodist Church on June 28, 2017 and later interment will be in the Case family plot in the cemetery of Portales, N.M.