WINNEBAGO, Neb. -- Lois Marie Masquat, 81, of Winnebago, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Native American Church in Winnebago with Henry Green Crow Jr. and Greg Bass Sr. officiating. Burial will immediately follow. Winnebago Wake and Burial Program is handling arrangements.
Lois LaMere was born April 30, 1923, in Winnebago, the daughter of Pete and Iva (Littlewolf) LaMere. She grew up in Winnebago and lived there until 1944. She attended high school at Winnebago Public School for two years and Haskell Indian High School for two years, graduating in 1941. She received an honorary master's degree in anthropology from UCLA in 1975.
She married Melvin Virgil Masquat on May 21, 1944, in Long Beach, Calif.
She resided in Long Beach from 1944 to 1983. She lived in Aurora, Colo., from 1983 to 1992. She moved back to Winnebago in 1993.
While in California, Lois was employed at Hughes Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft working on airplane wiring and installation for 10 years. She assisted in opening an Indian Center in Long Beach in 1976.
She was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church and a lifelong member of Native American Church.
Lois enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She attended pow-wows across the country and enjoyed dancing.
Survivors include three sons, Melvin R. Masquat Jr. of Gallup, N.M., John R. Masquat of Aurora, and Charles Masquat and his wife Eileen of Aurora; two daughters and their husbands, Lois and David Dinsmore of Aurora, and Jean and Daniel Ricehill Sr. of Winnebago; an adopted son, Andy Bueno of Riverside, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phoebe LaMere Tebo of Winnebago.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sons, William George Masquat and Michael Anthony Masquat; three brothers, Wilson LaMere, Pete LaMere and Johnny LaMere; and a sister, Rose Marie LaMere.
Pallbearers will be Richard Dinsmore, Jared Doxex, Jack Masquat, Nevin Masquat, Raymond Masquat, George Masquat, Virgil Masquat, David Gene Dinsmore and William Worthington Masquat.
Honorary pallbearers will be Audrey Wadena, Esther Payer, Leta Waters, Georgia Gomez, Martina DeCora, Roseanne Harden, Lillian Flood and Lucille Riley.