Lois Sweeney Poff

Lois S. Poff, 97 of Floyd, departed this life peacefully, Saturday December 31, 2011, at her home of 69 years. Lois was born in 1914, the sixth child and fourth daughter in a family of seven children to the late Peter and Cameron Strickler Sweeney. She was married in 1940 to Herman B. (Sam) Poff who preceded her in death in 1988.

She was a graduate of Floyd High School and Radford College and taught school for many years in Floyd and Roanoke Counties. After retirement she cared for her grandchildren and pursued hobbies of quilting, genealogy, and spent many hours cutting thistles and clearing her land. She also enjoyed free-lance writing and had poems and stories published in Ideals Magazine, N.E. A. Journal, Mountain Laurel Magazine and several newspapers. She was a member of Floyd Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her dear son George Poff, great grandson Justin Poff and three brothers, Ballard Sweeney, Lynworth Sweeney, Stickler Sweeney and three sisters Zellewood Ferguson, Loma Lowe, and Margaret Wilson Hargrove.

She is survived by her daughter Josephine Simmons (Howard) of Lowell, Ohio, and her son Blane Poff (Brenda) of Willis; Grandchildren, Suzanne Hulka (Mark) of Columbus, Ohio, Layne Poff (Frosty) of Floyd, Gregory Poff (Amy) of Willis, and Stacy Orr (Craig) of Wingett Run, Ohio, Brett Bolen (Amy) and Shad Bolen (Lori) of Willis; Great-grandchildren, Shayne Poff (Ashley), Blake Poff (Kelly), Jenna Poff , Kila McLean (John) Dustin Poff, Triftan Poff, and Alex Hulka, Hannah Cox (Trent), Olivia & Hunter Bolen, Abigail, Lydia, Rebekah, Elizabeth, Micah, Luke, John Wesley& Stephen Bolen, One great great-grandson Jonathan Poff; and Sister-in-law Minnie Y. Sweeney.

The family will always be grateful to Frances Hollandsworth and Rubie Dickerson for their wonderful care in her final years.

Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Maberry Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Turpin officiating with interment to follow at the Strickler-Helms Family Cemetery. Family will receive friends 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Lois requested in lieu of Flowers donations be made to the Strickler-Helms Family Cemetery c/o Blane Poff P.O. Box 18, Willis, VA 24380.

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