Lois Ileene Dal Porto
Lois Ileene Dal Porto, 83, of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, passed away on June 6, 2019 at Trinity Nursing and Rehab in Merriam KS. She was born April 9, 1936 to Arthur and Dorothy (Volz) Elyea in Highmore, South Dakota. She met the love of her life, Jerry Dal Porto, an Air Force Journalist, at Ellsworth Air Force Base and they married in January 1957. In addition to being a wife and mother, Lois worked a variety of jobs; however, her priorities were always Faith and Family.
In recent years she faced several health challenges, always with grace and a positive attitude insisting she had a great quality of life. She loved reminiscing about the years she and Jerry spent producing wedding videos for countless couples and loved watching “Say Yes to the Dress” and the Hallmark Channel. She was a fan of the Royals and Chiefs, mostly because they reminded her of Jerry.
The unconditional love she always showed the entire family, the great example of a wife and mother, and maybe most importantly her unwavering faith have greatly influenced her family tree as well as countless others that crossed her path. For those characteristics, and the many memories that make us smile and laugh, those who know her remember her fondly.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Tami (Marlon) Towse of Bella Vista, AR, Cheri (Ivan) Hambleton of Kansas City, KS, Beth Gray of Gardner, KS, and Gene (Sarah) Dal Porto of Oxford, PA; grandchildren, Joel Hambleton, Missy Kolander, Ryan Dal Porto, Lexa Treadwell, Shelly Rivera, Victoria Kratzberg, Maron Towse, Kattie Soileau, Jessica Hambleton, Eric Hambleton, Hannah Dal Porto and Ben Dal Porto; 16 great-grandchildren and counting; and sisters Sharon Clayton of Medina, NY and Sylvia Hoffman of Redfield. SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry Dal Porto, grandson Destin Towse, and siblings Duane Elyea, Robert Elyea, and Joyce Owen.
Family Visitation 10am – noon Friday, June 14th
Memorial Service 12:00/noon Friday, June 14th
Hope Alive Church, 9675 159th St., Overland Park, KS 66221
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scleroderma Foundation at scleroderma.org