Lois Colleen (Hindman) Kenner, 78, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in Yukon, OK.
Lois was born December 5, 1941 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Bill and Jesse Hindman and had three siblings: an older sister, Maxine Havard; an older brother, Billy Hindman; and a younger sister, Jonell Farney.
After bouncing around a bit, she spent most of her teen years in Wichita, Kansas. A graduate of East High in Wichita, she met a feisty and dashing young man named Jerry Kenner. Jerry settled down quickly and married Lois on December 6, 1960. It wasn’t long before their first child, Kevin Mark, was born in 1961. She adored him and was so excited to be a mother and homemaker. Eight years later, she had a rosy pink little girl named Melanie Colleen in 1969.
Although Lois was very content for many years as a homemaker, she and Jerry decided that another income would free up the budget. Lois started her career in the optometric industry, working for various eye doctors in the Yukon community as an assistant and contact lens specialist. She furthered her education and career by becoming an ophthalmologist technician and working as an assistant in laser eye surgery until she retired.
Lois became an Episcopalian when she moved to Yukon in the mid 1960s. She attended St. Rafael’s Episcopal Church and served on the Altar Guild and as a Sunday School teacher. In the early 1990s she began attending Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in El Reno, where she once again served on the Altar Guild and started a chapter of Daughters of the King, a guild that prays for others.
During this time she became a grandmother—at least this is what she wanted to be called—but the kids settled on “Mom.” Kenner Wade was first in 1995, and she called him “Sugar Bear.” Allison Brooke came second in 1998, and she called her “my Allie Mae.” Jack Ryan came along in 2005, and she called him “Jackers.” She loved being a “Mom,” caring for them when they were little, going to all of their school activities and attending graduations. This could have been her life calling, as she was the very best at being “Mom.”
Lois was predeceased by her parents, brother, Billy and husband, Jerry. She is survived by her sisters, Maxine and Jonell; son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Donna Lee; her daughter, Melanie, and son-in-law, Eric and her three grandchildren.
She is now with her Lord and together again with the love of her life, Jerry—forever.
Memorial gifts can be made, in her honor, to Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, El Reno.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, 500 S. Barker, El Reno, OK, with interment following at the Yukon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon, OK.