Lois Kaye Travis
PLEASANT VALLEY, MI – Lois Kaye Travis, 78, of Pleasant Valley, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
She was born on March 3, 1939, to Ruth Erma (Hall) Travis and Floyd H. Travis.
She was the dynamic center of an extended group of family, friends and church members. Lois Kaye was high-energy, optimistic and fun.
Services took place Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at the Forest Hill Church of Christ in rural Alma. Lois Kaye’s daughter Suzan Ruth Travis and son Jason Cline, spoke at the service. Her brother, Clare Travis, read a poem he wrote for her 75th birthday. Her nephew Ryan Travis drove from South Carolina to read a poem he wrote in honor of his aunt. Lois Kaye’s granddaughter, Jessica Robyns, who returned from New Zealand four days earlier, played a clarinet solo, Stamitz’ Concerto No. 3, as a tribute to her NaNa. A dinner followed the service.
Pallbearers were: Kenny Bush, Tom Jones, Bill Keller, Brett Travis, Marty Travis, Paige Travis and Ryan Travis.
Lois Kaye is survived by two sons, Rodney Lee Cline of Alma, Jason Vernon Boyd (Liesa) Cline, of Pleasant Valley, one daughter Suzan Ruth Travis, formerly of Marquette; three grandchildren Landon Cline, Jessica Amelia Fern Robyns and Evan Gregory Clare Robyns; three brothers, Clare Elwood (Suzie) Travis, Ronald Floyd (Judy) Travis, Maynard John (Darcie) Travis; one uncle, Richard Hall and many cousins, nieces and nephews; and her best friend since ninth-grade, Lois Jean Sandy.
Lois Kaye worked hard all of her life. She worked on the family farm for forty years. With her husband Larry Cline she purchased her grandparents John and Mary Hall’s farm, continuing a farming tradition begun in 1837.
She was an active volunteer, serving as a Brownie leader, President of the Mt. Pleasant chapter of Business and Professional Women, President of the Gratiot Community Senior Center, serving on the board of Listening Ear in Mt. Pleasant and volunteering for the Gratiot Hospital Auxiliary.
Lois Kaye sold real estate for twenty-five years, served as President of the Gratiot-Isabella County Board of Realtors and was twice selected as Realtor of the Year. She also served as the Jasper Township Clerk for three terms.
In retirement, she enjoyed painting, activities with the Lois Club and volunteering at the Forest Hill Church of Christ, where she was a valued member. She loved event planning, organized her high school reunion each year, planned and hosted her granddaughter’s graduation open house and organized a fund-raiser so that Jessica could attend Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.