Lois Jean Adriance, Age: 91
Apr 28, 1927 -- Apr 14, 2019

Lois Jean Adriance, age 91, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 14, at KU Medical Center, following a stroke.  Lois was born April 28, 1927 in Kansas City, MO, to Albert and Laura Dreyer.  She spent her childhood summers on the family farm in Turner, KS near the Kansas River, nurturing a lifelong love of gardening.  She graduated from Northeast High School in KCMO in 1944, and later earned her degree in education from Baker University, where she was a cheerleader and member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.  While at Baker, she met Keith Adriance; they married and moved to Paola, KS before settling in Wellsville, KS.  She later continued her education at Emporia State University, obtaining a master’s degree in library science in 1966 while raising four boys.  She was a teacher and librarian at Spring Hill, Gardner, and Wellsville schools.  She designed several school libraries, including the Wellsville High School Media Center.  Following her teaching career, she was a consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System for more than 20 years before retiring.


Lois was a reconciler and always ready to help those in need; respect for all people was the rule in her home.  She was gracious to all she met, and devoted to her family.  Her meticulous planning for family gatherings and holiday events was focused on bringing people together.  She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She loved having her sons and grandchildren around her, visiting and sharing stories.  Lois was an accomplished artist.  She enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, painting, and bird watching.  She and husband Don enjoyed traveling throughout Europe; they were avid ballroom dancers into her mid-eighties.


She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Dreyer, and mother, Laura Dreyer, two sisters, Alberta Brooks and Ann Stubbs, two brothers, Fred and Charles Dreyer, her first husband Keith Adriance, and second husband Wayne Mayo.  She is survived by her husband Don Shoberg, four sons, Reid (Shelby), Alan (Debbie), Kyle (Marta), and Bryan (Chrissie) Adriance; nine grandchildren, Paul, Joel, Paige, Sarah, Sybil, Brooke, Erin, Whitney, and Andrew; and twelve great-grandchildren.


A visitation is planned for Aug. 3rd, at 2PM, at Porter Funeral Home in Lenexa.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Public Library or the Lawrence Arts Center. (Condolences may be expressed at:  www.porterfuneralhome.com  Arrangements:  Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory,  8535 Monrovia,  Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444)


Jeanne Strange Apr 17 ,2019

Neighbor ,Gladstone ,Missouri

My heart went out to your family for the loss of Lois. I loss my mother over 10+ years ago. But I found comfort in these few scriptures. I hope they find comfort for you during this difficult time. Psalms 37:9,-11,29 9 For evil men will be done away with,j But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.k 10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;l You will look at where they were, And they will not be there.m 11 But the meek will possess the earth,n And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance 29 The righteous will possess the earth,i And they will live forever on it.j Please look up these scriptures in your own copy of the Bible. It will give you confidence you will see Lois again under righteous condition where she is no longer sick but restored youth and healthy. If you enjoyed reading about this hope, you can read more of God's great plans for our future at www.jw.org Your neighbor, Jeanne Strange

Norene Allen Apr 17 ,2019

Friend ,OVERLAND PARK ,Kansas

My condolences to her boys and their families. She did so love you and would talk about the latest arrangements to all be together again. I first met Lois in the mid 70s when I entered the library community here. We hit it off and I enjoyed her company very much. Lois, Wayne, Duane and I took a Mediterranean cruise in 83 and had a great time! Many a weekend at the lake house always included music, fun, great food and drink. With Don, Lois, Claire, Charlie, Bob, Nancy and Paul we would meet up for lunch in Lawrence as often as we could over the years. The eight are now four: kiss them all for us. I will miss you, Lois.

Diane Moore Ringen Apr 17 ,2019

She was my teacher and friend. ,Knob Noster ,Missouri

I am deeply saddened to hear of Lois's passing. She had a positive affect on my life, and she is the person who most likely influenced me to get a degree in Library science. God's blessings to you all. Diane

Carol Prather Apr 18 ,2019

Family to Brian and Chrissie ,Ft Scott ,Kansas

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom Brian. You were a wonderful son to her. Thankful to have had her in my home for Thanksgiving. We had some wonderful holidays together. May you left God carry you in the days ahead and know that she is in good hands. God Bless, Carol

Claire King Apr 19 ,2019

Friend ,Topeka ,Kansas

My heartfelt sympathy to Don and Lois' family. I met Lois through my husband, Charlie, and the library community. We always enjoyed our gatherings at the lake house and monthly lunches in Lawrence. Lois' art talent was undeniable. She graciously gave me a painting she did from a photo of one of my cats many years ago. I hangs in my house to this day. Your charm, kindness, and laughter will be greatly missed, my friend.

Sharon (Flakus) Haupt Apr 21 ,2019

Sorry for your loss. Lois was a wonderful person. I worked in the library under her when I attended Wellsville High School. I baby-sat all 4 of the boys.

Robert & Joy Good Apr 23 ,2019

All Wellsville kids have good memories of Mrs..Adriance from school. Also, a number of us had her as Den Mother for our second year of Cub Scouts; the late Ted Hollon was our Den Chief.

Wayne & Maey Ann Bretz Apr 30 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

The loss of any one is difficult to process, but the loss of Mom makes it much harder. Please remember the good times. Our thoughts are with you. Wayne & Mary Ann

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