Lois Evans Ferrier of Troy, Ohio passed away Tuesday, November 28th, 2022, at 95 years old. Lois was born ‘Vivian Josephine Oyler’ on July 8th, 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Clara Daurham and Joseph Oyler. She was put up for adoption in Kingsport, Tennessee during the Great Depression where she was adopted by Marvin Guy and Anna E. Benson in 1930 and her name was changed to ‘Lois Vivian Benson’. Lois graduated from Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA in 1946 and received a college scholarship to study art at Kings College. After 50+ years, prior to the internet, she began researching her family history and eventually found her birth family and was able to meet her brothers, sisters, and father.
She was an accomplished piano player and played for many community functions over the years including a USO Club in Philadelphia and around Troy, Ohio as “Piano by Lois”. She was a model, was an extra in the movie “Shane” and was a pilot in her early years. She loved music and passed that love down to both her children. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a graduate of Leadership Troy, and a long-time supporter and volunteer of Miami County’s Family Abuse Shelter along with Bill Gothard Ministries. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Troy, Ohio and more recently Piqua Baptist Church. In retirement years, she and her husband Joe loved to visit with friends at K’s, Lincoln Square, and Viva La Fiesta among others. She and her husband Joe were long time members of P.A.C.K (Piqua Antique Car Klub). Most recently she lived at Friendship Village in Trotwood, Ohio and was cared for by Vitas Hospice.
Lois is preceded in death by her adoptive parents Marvin Guy and Anna E. Kight Benson; her biological parents Clara Daurham and Joseph Morris Oyler; her aunt Virginia Duncan of Troy, Ohio; her daughter Beverly Lee Evans and stepson Joseph R. Ferrier Jr along with brothers: Billy, Burless, Joseph and Charles Oyler, and Sister Mattie Oyler Blanks all of Fort Payne, Alabama
Lois is survived by her husband Joseph Roy Ferrier of Troy, Ohio; son Robert F. Evans, Jr., daughter-in-law Stacy Evans, and grandchildren Kate, Hank, and Robbie Evans of Valdosta, Georgia; Stepdaughter Debbie Ferrier Kuhn (Scott) grandchildren Michelle, Justin and Lisa of Quakertown, Pennsylvania and her sisters Sara Oyler Lawton and Martha Oyler Cardin.
A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Saturday, December 17th, 2022 at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, 1124 W. Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 with Pastor Doug Magin and Pastor Charlie Wilkins officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2-3 PM. In lieu of plants/flowers please make donations to your choice or Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County. Arrangements entrusted to Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy.