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Lois Elaine Laplow, 88, passed away on January 20, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center. She was born on May 11, 1932 to the late Len and Ina (Windover) Shepherd. She married Ray Donald Laplow in Midland on October 6, 1951 and they share 60 wonderful years together before he predeceased her on February 2, 2012.


Lois was a member of the Midland Nazarene Church which she loved. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and bowling. She also enjoyed doing puzzles and was an avid garage sale shopper.  


Lois is survived by her children Rick (Joyce) Laplow, Terri Rill, grandchildren, Tonya (Dave) LaFevor, Chad Rill, Steven (Melody) Laplow, Blake (Becky) Rill, Jordan (Maddison) Rill, 15 great grandchildren and sister Valerie Bergman. She was predeceased by her daughter, Angela Laplow, and siblings, Onalee Suderman and Donald Shepherd.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Midland Nazarene Church with Pastor Chuck Jacobson officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Monday from 10 am until the time of service.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Nazarene Church or the to the family in her name.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Laplow family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.





Condolence Messages

  1. Meghan Greene

    26 January 2021 12 months ago

    The Family of Karol and Rudy Moliterno sends our deepest condolences to Lois’ family. Lois had a beautiful soul and a heart of gold. She was a one of a kind woman. Our grandmother, Karol, used to walk with us over to Lois and Ray’s house to visit and we were always welcomed with a loving hug and a kiss. She always had treats and toys for us to play with. Lois was always there for our grandmother, always interested in how the kids and grandkids were doing, she was there for her through the loss of our Grandpa Rudy and through Grandma’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was always willing to help. Lois was a true and loving friend and neighbor to our grandma and our family. Our grandma enjoyed telling us about their game nights and how Lois was always the life of the party, and about their many adventures rummage sale-ing. Lois’ faith in God and the way she walked through life with such joy and optimism were what made her such an admirable woman to those around her. May she rest in eternal peace.

  2. Ellen Miller

    24 January 2021 12 months ago

    I remember bowiing on a league with Lois. She had a kind heart and loved Jesus. You will be missed Lois. Prayers to the family.

  3. Pat Hitchcock

    23 January 2021 12 months ago

    Lois had such a good heart! She loved her Jesus and others. What a faithful church member and worker! A life well lived and a good role model. Goodbye dear friend!

  4. Nancy Crall Swift Bauerle

    23 January 2021 12 months ago

    Lois was a great friend of mine. I first knew her years ago when we attended the same church but her sister was closer to me in age. My oldest brother was one of several that kidnapped her from her wedding reception and gave her a ride in what I believed was a wheelbarrow down a street very close to Main Street in downtown Midland.. The groom didn’t think it was too funny but things like that were quite common during that period of time. In the past 6 years or so she has been a part of what we call the fabulous 5 which recently changed to Fabulous 5 + 1 as we added another member to our group. We have had SO MUCH fun playing cards and having lunch together and many times in her home. WE WILL MISS HER SO MUCH!!!

  5. Renita Bonadies

    22 January 2021 12 months ago

    My prayers for the family and friends that have lost such a beautiful woman of God. I so enjoyed the time I was blessed to spend with her and to make great memories. She will be missed.

  6. Ann Seeber

    22 January 2021 12 months ago

    I was saddened to hear of Lois’ passing. She was such a friendly, kind, and caring person. I will miss her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Lori Bennett

    22 January 2021 12 months ago

    My deepest sympathies for Lois’s family. I just loved Lois, such a kind person,. And that smile was very catching!

  8. Brenda Mills

    21 January 2021 12 months ago

    Our prayers for your loss of a wonderful lady. She was a delight.


    Brenda and Lonny Mills

  9. Lori Bennett

    21 January 2021 12 months ago

    My deepest sympathies, I just loved Lois! She always put a smile on my face. We had many conversations while I was the manager at Science City. She was always so sweet and caring.

  10. Connie Marsh

    21 January 2021 12 months ago

    My deepest condolences to the family. Lois was such a joy to be around and had such a beautiful voice in which she sang during our Bible study from time to time. I lived down the street from her on Lemke St while I lived in Michigan. When I was moving, she brought everyone she could think of to my moving sale. She will be truly missed as my friend.

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