Lois Rae Peppin


Lois Rae Peppin, 87 of Edwardsville, Kansas passed away October 11, 2016 at the Olathe Hospice House.

Lois was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 1, 1929 and was the 2nd of three children of Raymond and Esther Peppin. While growing up in Chicago, Lois loved to sail on Lake Michigan and volunteered as a scout leader for the Girl Scouts of America.

Lois started her career with The Wilson Meat Company in Chicago, and was later transferred to Oklahoma City where she continued working for Wilson’s for over 25 years. During the time in Oklahoma, she became an avid college football fan and would follow all of the games. Lois’ greatest passion was for nature and animals, and she had many cats over the years. Her concern for animals was so great that she volunteered for Operation Wildlife (OWLS) and continued to do so long after she retired.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her older sister, June Becker, and younger sister, Laverne Rutherford. Lois is survived by several nephews, great nephews, great nieces, two cousins, Joyce Ryan and Phyllis Harnisch, and several close friends in the Kansas City area who were considered family.

Private memorial celebrations will be held at OWLS in Linwood, Kansas, and in the Chicago area at a later date.


  1. Bill Whinery on October 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Lois was an active advocate for Operation Wildlife. She would give me grief any time she could, but all in good fun. Many times when she was addressing and stuffing mailings, she would tell stories about her experiences and the love of her cats. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  2. Sheryl Saunders on October 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Lois was a special lady. She was always positive no matter how bad things got in her life. She always had a hug and a smile for me. I will miss her greatly.

  3. Diane Johnson on October 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Lois volunteered for Operation WildLife for over 20 years. At first she helped at the main facility cleaning and feeding the animals. She and a few other volunteers ran our “garage sale” that provided 1/3 of our budget for many years. Thousands of clothing items were priced and folded by her hand. As she progressed in age she became our “runner”. She would run errands (the deposit to the bank, a trip to the grocery store for needed items, licking, sticking and labeling thousands of envelopes and newsletters for the organization.) There was only one thing she feared and that was snakes. I learned this the hard way one day. I was moving a snake and forgot about her fear. She RAN out of the facility and I found her by her car shaking. I was so sorry and she made me promise to never do that again. I will miss her sense of humor and wit, her love of nature and the outdoors. Her willingness to do anything that involved activity. She could run circles around me! She hated waste and would recycle, repurpose and reuse anything and everything. It was her idea for us to have a recycling program which we do to this day. To know her was one of the greatest blessings I’ve ever known. She was strong, independent and full of life. She was game for anything and her blue eyes would shine brilliantly with mischief. She made the best homeade fudge and would bring me the “scraps”. She made the fudge in a round pan and when she cut it into squares she would give me a plastic container full of the rounded pieces ~ her “scraps” which I ate heartily. I could go on and on about this lovely woman. I love you ~ I’ll see you again some day.

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