Lois M. (Griffin) Stevenson

June 30, 1927 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Lois Stevenson Obituary

Danville - Lois Margaret Griffin Stevenson, 96, previously of Danville, Illinois, died on November 8, 2023, in Elkhart, Indiana. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 30, 1927, the daughter of Esther Damge Friedley.  She married William “Bill” Stevenson on June 5, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death.

Lois is survived by four daughters, Rebecca “Bekki” Knox of Goshen, Indiana; Nancy (Mike) Moore of Champaign, Illinois; Linda Valdes of Rantoul, Illinois; Barbara Conover of Rantoul, Illinois; and a son, Paul (Molly) Stevenson of Hahira, Georgia; 13 grandchildren, Charles “Chad” Knox, Maria Knox (Neil) Gifford, Melissa Knox Ettline, Dana Edwards, Jaden (Melissa) Edwards, Samantha Valdes (Brad) Karsten, Anthony Valdes, Lindsay Stingley, Ashlee Beal (Wes) Riggsby, Adam Beal, Kristina Stevenson Gray, Kyle Stevenson, and Katie Stevenson Palmer; and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her mother, her sister Mildred Griffin Templeton, and grandson Christopher William Valdes.

Lois earned her Bachelor of Education through Mankato State College in Mankato Minnesota. She and her family relocated to Danville, Illinois, in September, 1970, where she substitute taught in the Danville District 118 School System, particularly at North Ridge (Junior High). For many years she worked as a proofreader at Interstate Publisher and Printers of Danville.

Lois was an avid Fighting Illini fan and proudly wore her Orange and Blue every chance possible. She was a season ticket holder for both football and basketball and a member of the Quarterback Club and Rebounder’s Club. Lois loved supporting her children’s extra-curricular activities. She is remembered by many as a cheerleading coach for the Tornadoes Youth Football program and a supporter of DHS Band and Football Boosters.

Working part time at the Danville Public Library in the genealogy department after her retirement enabled Lois to work with her passion for genealogy. 

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Danville. Lois was a patriot and believed strongly in fulfilling civic duties and happily served as an Election Judge. She was also active for many years in the Golden K, a founding member of the Vermilion County War Museum, past president of the American Legion, Post 210 Auxiliary, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A Visitation and Celebration of Life for Lois Stevenson will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Friday, November 17, 2023, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St, Danville, IL, followed by a brief service. Burial will take place at Danville National Cemetery at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vermilion County War Museum 407 N Vermillion  St. Danville IL 61832, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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November 17, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3940 N Vermilion St.
Danville, Il 61834

Funeral Service
November 17, 2023

4:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3940 N Vermilion St.
Danville, Il 61834


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