At the age of 83, Lois Caroline Smith-Herold was excited and ready to meet her Lord and Savior face to face and once again, be united with her beloved “Redbird”.
Lois was born July 6, 1934 in Marathon , NY and was the daughter of Norris Smith and Ruth (Alvord) Smith. Lois grew up in Marathon and attended Marathon Public Schools. Lois was united in marriage to Richard “Red” Herold March 2, 1957. Lois was born again in the early ‘60’s and from that time never wavered from her faith and love for Jesus. Her passion was to love and serve Jesus Christ and show others His love. Lois loved music all her life and studied trombone at University of NY Potsdam. She passed on her love of classical music to her children. Lois gained a teaching degree to share her passion for music with children. Lois performed at Carnegie Hall in NY which was a huge accomplishment and honor in the early ‘50’s and also sang with Tulsa Oratorial Chorus for two years. After college, she moved to Long Island NY to teach music in Patchogue Public Schools. It was on Long Island where she met the love of her life Red Herold and had two children.
The family moved to Oklahoma in the mid ‘70’s and attended the Friends Church in Collinsville, OK where she made lifelong friends. She was the choir director at the church and choir members lovingly nicknamed her “Sarge”, as when it came to music, and anything else in her life, she wanted it to be perfect. After being a stay at home mom for many years, Lois once again taught music at Collinsville Public Schools and periodically kept in touch with former students.
Lois loved telling people about Jesus Christ through music. She traveled to Norway twice and also ministered to inmates at McAllisters Women’s Prison in McAllister, OK. She moved back to NY after her husband Red moved to Heaven and worked with NYSUM (New York School of Urban Ministry). It was at this time that she began her own ministry in Manhattan NY meeting, loving, ministering and praying for NYC Police Officers. She had a heart and love for them and kept each of their names and covered them in prayer on a regular basis. Lois loved her family with all of her heart and was the perfect example of a loving wife and mother.
Survivors include, a son, Richie Herold, Captain USMC 1985-1992 Ret., of Keller, TX. A daughter, Evelyn “Evie” Keeling and husband Stacey “Cowboy” Keeling of Jennings, OK. Two sisters, Dawn Odinek of Cortland, NY and Mary Ellen Laing of Greene, NY. A brother, Hugh Smith and wife Donna Gail of Stanton, IA. Four grandchildren, Everet Herold of Murrieta, CA. Joel and Mari Herold of Oceanside, CA. Corinna Keeling of Columbus, OH. Logan Keeling of Cleveland, OK. One great-grandchild, Lexi Herold of Oceanside, CA. Lois was preceded in death by husband Richard “Red” Herold, her father Norris Smith, mother Ruth Smith and brother Doug Smith.
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