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Lois Jones Halvorsen

Lois Halvorsen obituary photoLois Halvorsen, age 94, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Huron, died Saturday, September 4, 2010 in Sioux Falls.  Her memorial service was at 1 PM Wednesday, September 8th at the Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Brian Grover officiating.  Memorials may be directed to the Congregational United Church of Christ in Huron, cancer research or to the YWCA. 

 Lois Jones Halvorsen was born in Palmer, Iowa in 1916, to Florence and Wallace P. Jones.  Lois attended schools in Iowa, and South Dakota, graduating from Frankfort High School in 1933. 

Lois was employed as a secretary for the South Dakota Bankers Association and a secretary for Armour and Company in Huron.   During World War II she was appointed acting executive secretary of the South Dakota Bankers Association.  During her tenure with the Bankers Association, Lois was instrumental in negotiating health insurance programs linking small South Dakota banks together, enabling their employees to purchase health insurance.  

She married Leslie Edward Halvorsen in 1937.  She was grateful for the life she shared with her husband, children, Lee (Diane) of Alexandria, Virginia and Lynn (Terry) Understock of Sioux Falls, her grandchildren Kimberlee (Brad) Tams, Kelly (Scott) Tollefsen,  Kelsey, Kirsten, and Kyle Halvorsen and her great grandchildren, Dylan and Victoria Tams, and Olivia and Joshua Tollefsen.. 

 Lois was active in bowling leagues, an avid golfer and bridge player.  She served as president of the YWCA, member of the YWCA Board of Directors and Advisory Board and had received the Christian Leadership Award.  She was a member of the Congregational Church in Huron where she served as president of the Women’s Fellowship, was active in Church Circle and was a choir member.  She was a member and past president of Chapter F, PEO and had been honored for her 50-year membership. 

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Understock and son Lee Halvorsen and their families; two brothers, Bob (Barbara) of Jasper, Minnesota, and Roger (Lillian) Jones of El Cajon, California; one sister, Edith (Bob) Brandt of Mission Viejo, California; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Leslie; five brothers; one sister; and one infant son, Bobbie.

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