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Lois Lavon Cooney

Lois Lavon (Middleton) Cooney, age 89, a resident of Frontenac Medicalodge and formally of Ft. Scott, KS, left this world on Monday, November 7, 2022. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. Lois was born to Lee Charles and Allie (Peterson) Middleton on February 3, 1933, in Pawnee, KS. She graduated from Uniontown high School in 1951. She married Alvin D. Cooney on November 25, 1953, at the Dry Ridge Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1974.

After her husband retired from the Air Force in 1971, Lois returned to the area and worked for the Western Insurance Company as well as Newman-Young clinic. Upon retiring, she worked for the Beacon until health issues forced her to move closer to her daughter in Frontenac. Lois was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Garland, KS, and a past member of Eastern Star. She enjoyed walking, reading, her church, volunteering and working at the Beacon, as well as spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Michael Cooney (Ruth), Galveston, TX; a daughter, Lori Mendicki (Patrick), Frontenac, KS; five grandchildren, Haley and Shawn Bugni, Frontenac, KS, Rachel and Jeff Paxton, Houston, TX, Kadin and Lauren Mendicki, Frontenac, KS, Tanner Mendicki, North Kansas City, MO, and Bradley Cooney, Galveston, TX; eight great-grandchildren, Kyndal, Reid, Kanton, and Emersyn Bugni, Trip and Holden Mendicki, Stella Cooney, and Ivy Paxton. She is also survived by a brother Kenneth Middleton, Uniontown, KS, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Carrie Elbrader, Carolyn Rourk, and Donna Williams, as well as a brother, David Middleton.

A special thanks to Pittsburg Guest Home Estates, Medicalodge Frontenac, and Gentiva Hospice especially Melissa and Sam.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, November 14th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to either Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or Gentiva Hospice, and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

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