Lois Shemek

Lois Shemek passed away, Thursday, April 19, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home, from years of multiple health problems.

Lois was born in Ava, MO, in 1923. She spent most of her early years with her maternal grandparents who struggled to make a living in farming on the Missouri/Arkansas border. Of Native American heritage, she always recalled her grandparents as very loving and kind, while enduring a life of hardships. Lois married very young to Coy Mulanax of Springfield, MO, but the marriage was not to last long.

She married Russ Burmood around 1947. They eventually settled in Columbus, NE, that marriage ended after 27 years, and Lois married Martin Shemek.

Lois and Coy Mulanax were the parents of three girls, Lena (Mrs. Gordon Ross) who died in childbirth along with her infant son, Nathan, Shirley (Mrs. Ronald Shelley), who was killed in a car accident leaving an infant daughter, Sherrie, and Sue (Susan Jordan, now of Kadoka, and Rapid City. Lois and Russ adopted a son Terry who now lives in Rapid City.

In addition to her daughter and son, Lois is survived by Sue's three daughters, Jackie (Mrs. Jim Herber) of Kadoka, SD, Ginger (Mrs. Mark Almond) of Westminster, CO, and Gina (Mrs. Rodney Palser) of Otis, CO; Shirley's daughter Sherrie Worley of Tulsa, OK; and five great-grandchildren, Cap, Shaley, and Abe Herber, and Emily and Drew Palser.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com