Alma Lois Waters, “Lois” as her friends and family knew her, returned to our Heavenly Father Sunday February 19th 2023. She was born to Merrill Winslow Stout and Alma Fannie Roberds January 2, 1939 in Phoenix Arizona.
She spent many early years living on a ranch in Roosevelt, Arizona. Ranch life was difficult but this created many life skills for Lois and her siblings, Donna, Billy, and Ronnie. After moving to the valley, she worked in the bakery at Wright’s grocery store that was located at Stapley and Broadway in Mesa. This is where she perfected her talent of baking and decorating, specifically wedding cakes. She used this gift many times in her life to bless others on their special occasions including creating the wedding cakes for many of her children and grandchildren. It was at Wright’s grocery store where she would also meet her future husband working in the produce department. They were smitten. Steffan and Lois were married in December 1958.
In the early years of marriage while Steffan was in the Air Force they were stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. It was in those 2 1/2 years in Alaska that they welcomed their first two children Robert and Judy just born a little over a year apart. Following their Alaskan adventures they moved back to Mesa, Arizona and their son Eddie was born. Steffan began working for the Mesa Fire Department and Lois stayed busy enjoying homemaking, social and church activities, including assisting with costuming and set designs for the Mesa Arizona Temple Easter pageant. They welcomed their last son, John in 1972 and their family was complete. The Water’s family had many adventures spending a lot of time in Mexico, either on the water or sunbathing in the Sea of Cortez.
Throughout her life, Lois lived a life of service. She never hesitated to help anyone in need, including providing meals, giving of her time and talents, or just lending a listening ear. She stayed physically active her entire life, participating in volleyball, softball, walking clubs and exercise classes.
As much as Lois loved her family and her tight circle of friends, she loved the Lord even more. She was an amazing example of living a life of true discipleship. Whether serving in her many church callings over the years, working in the Temple or just making her 10th batch of homemade french fries for her grandkids, She always went above and beyond.
Lois was a wife of 65 years, a mother of 4, a grandmother of 11, and a great-grandmother of 17. Her grandchildren describe her in one word, Selfless. Her passing has left a hole in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to have a piece of hers.
She was preceded in death by her father Merrill and mother Fannie. She is survived by her husband, Steffan Waters of Mesa, Arizona, her four children, Robert Waters (Karin) Judy Waters, Ed Waters (Aretta) and John Waters (Holly) Along with a legacy of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held, Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am, at the Mesa AZ Maricopa North Stake, 1718 N. Date Dr., Mesa, AZ 85201.