On April 8, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. Lois Troop Bestor slipped quietly from this world after making maximum use of her 95 years of life. From the modest farm in Nehawka, Neb. where she spent her childhood to the quiet bedroom in Ashland, Ore. where she took her last breath surrounded by all her children, Lois's life was filled with love, laughter, and adventure.
She was the Cass County (Nebraska) Spelling Bee champion and first queen of the Kass Kounty King Korn Karnival. Just three days before her 18th birthday she married Robert Harmon Bestor of Plattsmouth, Neb. and happily remained his wife for the next 68 years.
She raised four children and worked many different jobs, from waitressing to sales. Her sales career began in her 20s, when she started a business selling advertising specialties and didn't end until she was in her 90s, because her loyal clients refused to buy from anyone else! When she and her husband, Bob, began a burglar and fire alarm business in Eureka, Calif. her sales skills were critical to its success.
Lois always had a ready smile and a new joke to share. She was fit and active, traveling regularly to Hawaii, Europe, Egypt, Russia, Tahiti, and others. On her 80th birthday she went water-skiing. She could recite many long poems from heart, had a quote from Shakespeare for almost any situation, and was an ACBL Life Master at bridge.
Lois Troop Bestor was a great wife, mother, and friend, beloved by all who were lucky enough to have known her. She is survived by her children (Robert Bestor Jr. of Ashland, Ore., Kathleen Bestor of San Rafael, Calif., William Bestor of Redding, Calif., and Thomas Bestor also of San Rafael, Calif.); six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, 1811 Ashland Street, Ashland, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made in Lois's name to the Cass County Historical Society Museum, 640 South Main St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048, or the Ashland Schools Foundation, 100 Walker Avenue,
Ashland, OR 97520.