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Lois Stanton, 75 - October 13, 2016

Lois M. Stanton, 75, of Gothenburg passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Gothenburg Health.
Memorial services will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, on Monday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jill Boyd officiating. Inurnment be at the Gothenburg Cemetery next to her parents.
Stanton was born Jan. 24, 1941, at Gothenburg to Esther (Still) and Paul Stanton, their only child. Her childhood and much of her adult life were spent in Gothenburg.
After graduating from Gothenburg High School in 1959, she attended the University of Nebraska taking art classes, and later studying at the Art Institute in Chicago. She earned an associate of applied science degree from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis in May of 1986.
Stanton also resided at Lincoln, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Arkansas and California. Her many occupations included bookkeeper for her father’s Stanton Maytag appliance store, painter-wallpaperer, Justice of the Peace, a rural mail carrier, truck stop cashier and analyst at Super Nutrition USA in San Francisco.
Strong willed, passionate and talented, Stanton was an artist and a superb photographer—though she would always deny it, according to family members.
She was active for years with the Gothenburg Community Playhouse and had the lead role in “The Little Hut.” She was also an avid reader with eclectic tastes, and was a fan of C-Span and working Sudoku puzzles for hours on end, said family. She was a student of the Bible and also practiced Yoga in her younger years.
?Conversations with Stanton were insightful, delightful and full of adventure as her photographic memory could recall the smallest of details, the family recalled.
?A mystic sometimes even to those closest to her, Stanton rarely asked anything of anyone yet was generous with others, family members stated. She always took time for, and interest in, people and animals, and held true to her convictions and stewardships, a connoisseur of fine food yet scarce to indulge.
Forever a champion of the unfortunate—human and non-human species—she nurtured hundreds if not thousands of abandoned felines throughout her life. To those who knew her intimately, Stanton was a remarkable person, who shall remain enigmatic to those who were touched by her presence.
She was preceded in death by: her mother in 1981; father in 1988; her first husband, Patrick Mooney in 2013.
Survivors include: her cousins—Dale Stanton of Orlando, Fla., Roger Stanton of Prairie Village, Kan., and Barbara Heier of Wayne; children of former husband, Patrick Mooney—Kathy Mooney, Kim Mooney and Michael Mooney; former husband, Robert Schmoker of Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Paw Prints in Dawson County; P.O. Box 21; Cozad, NE 69130.