Lois Maurine (Wiberg) Wright was born Jan. 26, 1930, the youngest child of William Daniel Wiberg and Kathryn Stanton Wiberg, in Ord in Valley County. She grew up on a farm in the Mira Valley community south of Ord, where she attended grade school She later moved with her parents into Ord where she attended high school.
She left school early to work, and was employed for 18 months at the Ord Co-op Creamery and also waitressed. many evenings she enjoyed staying with children in their home in the parents absence. Much later in life she wanted to return to school and obtain her GED. It was an accomplishment of which she was very proud.
On Jan. 26, 1947, she was united in marriage to Richard Wayne Wright at the Mira Valley Evangelical United Brethren Church. They made their home in the Rose Valley community northeast of Broken Bow, where they farmed and ranched. This was their home until they moved into Broken Bow in 1983.
They purchased a home on South 12th Ave., and enjoyed doing for others and visiting with their neighbors. During this time they were awarded the Aksarben Award for the volunteer service to their community. In 2996, they wanted a smaller place and moved to Callie’s Court.
Lois joined the United Brethren Church at the age of 12. She regularly attended and is a member of the United Methodist Church of Broken Bow. Her commitment to church in its work was very important to her.
She also served on the board for Christian Women, and hosted luncheons and prayer coffees regularly. She became an active member of the Rebekah Lodge in 1947, and was past Noble Grand of that order. She continued to be active for more than 50 years.
She was a charter member of the Custer County Pamona Grange and had served as an officer in the Nebraska State Grange for many years. She continued to be active in Grange until her death. She was also an active charter member of the Senators Extension Club. She was an excellent cook and loved sharing the products of her efforts with friends and neighbors.
In 1962, Lois and Richard became parents to Donna Watson. Donna remained in their home until after her graduation from high school and entrance into college. Donna and her family, as well as all nieces and nephews and families, were very important to Lois, and she had a way of making sure you knew that.
Lois is survived by husband, Richard, and daughter, Donna Lawson, of Broken Bow; grandsons, Brent Kamp of Broken Bow, Michael (Beverly) Codr of Elgin, and Kelly (Michael) Novak of Portland, Ore.; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Rena (Gordon) Foth of Grand Island, Kay (Gust Jr.) Foth of Aurora, Colo.; nephews, William (Sharon) Ryschon of Aurora, Colo., and John (Ruth) Ryschon of North Loup, and many great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; twin brothers, Richard Jonas and Robert William Wiberg; two sisters, Elsie Axthelm and Elizabeth Watson; two brothers-in-law, and a niece Judith Axthelm.
She loved all of nature and paced her life accordingly. She held in high esteem the friendship of her neighbors and good friends.
Lois passed away Nov. 15, 2010. Memorial services are today, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Todd Karges officiating. Iverson Memorial Chapel of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements.