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06-01-1923 to 03-03-2010

Lois Lee Myerly, age 86, Hays, died March 3, 2010 at St. John's of Victoria, Victoria, Kansas.

She was born June 1, 1923 in WaKeeney, Kansas the daughter of Leo Allen and Lois (Drummond) Myerly.

Lois Lee's education started in the public schools of WaKeeney, kindergarten through grade 12, after which she enrolled at Fort Hays State University, graduating in 1946. After teaching high school for a number of years, she did graduate work at the University of Colorado and then earned a M.S. Degree in Business Education from Fort Hays State University in 1966.

Lois Lee began her teaching career in her home town of WaKeeney, staying for nine years at Trego Community High School before moving to Great Bend to teach business subjects at Great Bend High School. She then entered the business world in Kansas City, Missouri where she became supervisor of New Business in the Reinsurance Department of Business Men's Assurance Company. Although she enjoyed this position, the call of education was strong and after three years she returned to western Kansas and taught business at Hays High School. After five years at Hays High, she moved to Fort Hays State University as an Instructor of Business Education.

In late 1969, Dr. John W. Gustad, then President of Fort Hays State, asked her to become Assistant to the President. Reluctantly leaving the classroom, she remained in that capacity until her retirement in December 1988, having served under three Presidents, Dr. Gustad, Dr. Gerald Tomanek, and Dr. Edward H. Hammond.

She was a member of EC Chapter, P.E.O., Phi Kappa Phi Honorary, and Ellis County Retired Teachers Association. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and active in her church serving as pianist and organist in the WaKeeney Presbyterian Church for eleven years and in the church choir in the WaKeeney and Hays Presbyterian Churches.

Survivors include a sister, Donna Jean Dreiling, two nieces, Jan Schuster, and Kathy Dreiling, two nephews, Mark Dreiling, and Curt Dreiling, ten grand nieces and nephews and four great grand nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church, Hays. Burial will precede these services in the WaKeeney City Cemetery.

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