Eula Lois Rodman died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at her home at Sunshine Gardens Country Home in Durango. She was 89.
Known as “Lois,” she was born to Edith and Arthur Vanderlip of Woodston, Kans., on Nov. 24, 1921. The family later moved to Englewood, where Lois grew up on a farm during the depression. She graduated from Englewood High School, and went on to spend a year doing nurses training. She was a supervisor at Montgomery Ward until her marriage to Harry Worl on Christmas Day, 1944. She had become a Navy wife, and they moved to Norfolk, Va.
After military service, they moved back to Denver. In 1954, they moved their family to Durango. Lois went to work for the Durango Mercantile Co. for several years, and then went to work for Blackwood and Nichols Oil Co. as a bookkeeper until her retirement.
Her marriage to Harry ended in divorce in 1970.
She married Raymond “Jack” Rodman in 1977 and they later moved to Bayfield where they spent lots of time watching sporting events and participating in town activities.
During her retirement, Lois volunteered at the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop and later at the front desk. She loved going to Four Corners Health Care Center where she helped with the arts and crafts program. She received a watch for 27 years of service. She, also, started volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels, where she looked forward to visiting with those she served. She spent many a December at Bayfield Elementary School, where she was known as “Nanny.” She gave five years helping third-graders build gingerbread houses. It always made her laugh when the kids from previous years stopped her in town to discuss the fate of last year’s house. Those children, who didn’t know her as “Nanny,” knew her as the “candy grandma,” as she always had a purse full of candy to pass out at sporting events. Lois was a volunteer at the Methodist Thrift Store as a cashier, where she entertained customers and fellow workers with a sharp wit that always surprised those around her.
She was a member of the Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church, and helped the sewing circle make quilts for the Homeless Shelter. She was, also, instrumental in achieving the church expansion and remodel dreams.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, sister Helen, brothers Eddie, Ronald, Donald and Norman. She is survived by her sister Rosalie Hambright Hart, daughters Judy Decker and Pat Russell both of Durango, stepsons Randy Rodman of Memphis, Tenn.; and Danny Rodman of Durango, grandchildren Mike Gass of Gypsum, Rick Rodman of Atlanta, Ga.; Amy Gass of Montrose, Brandy Vega of Pagosa Springs, Jesse Rodman of Lochbuie, Colo., and Walker Rodman of Durango, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Rodman had requested cremation. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mercy Health Services Clinic c/o Mercy Health Foundation, 1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO 81301, Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado Street, Ste 270, Durango, CO 81301, or to support breast cancer, http://ww5.komen.org/Donate.