In Memory of Lois Cranford

Dear Fellow Rotarians: 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of fellow Rotarian Lois R. Cranford.  Lois passed peacefully last night at The Hock Pavilion, where her daughters, Susan and Kathryn, and their husbands, had moved her the day before from Duke Hospital. 

Lois lived a long and happy 93 years and was, in many ways, the matriarch of our Club.  Lois had a passion for community service, particularly through Rotary and particularly focused on children and education.  She is perhaps most well-known among us for launching and running our Club’s poinsettia sale fundraiser, which raised thousands of dollars each year for our Club’s scholarships.  Lois and her family’s history in Rotary is second to none.  Here are a few highlights: 

Lois was made an Honorary Member of the Club in 1989 and was also a Paul Harris Fellow.

In 2013, Lois was awarded our Club’s Nicholas B. Fagan Award. 

Lois’ late husband, H. C. Cranford, Jr., was a 50+ year Club Member, a Past-President, Past District Governor, and Paul Harris Fellow. 

Lois’ daughter, Susan Ross, is a current Club Member, a Past-President, and currently an Assistant District Governor. 

Additional details regarding Lois’ history in our Club can be found here: 
http://durhamrotaryclub.org/2013/06/nicholas-b-fagan-award-lois-cranford/ 

To honor Lois and her commitment to helping young people, our Club recently established The Lois R. Cranford Learning Legacy Fund.  The majority of this Fund will be used to fund scholarships for deserving Durham students, with a smaller amount to be used to purchase poinsettias for Durham’s first responders, something Lois took great pleasure in delivering for many years.  Susan was able to tell Lois about this “surprise” on Monday, and she was very pleased and asked that memorial gifts be made to this Fund.  Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Durham, with a note in the memo line that says, “Lois Cranford Fund”.  Checks can be mailed to The Rotary Club of Durham, Attention: Sharon Lassiter, Post Office Box 51572, Durham, North Carolina 27717.  Donations can also be made with credit cards at our regular meeting.  

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church.  There will be special music of Lois and H.C.’s era beginning at 2:00 p.m., so consider heading over right after our Rotary Meeting.  Lois asked that Rotarians and their spouses be seated together as honorary pallbearers, so please identify yourself to the ushers when you arrive.  There will be a visitation on Sunday night from 5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m., at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home. 

Yours in service, 

Seth J. Jernigan

Lois Cranford’s full obituary as published in the Herald-Sun on Sunday, November 5 is on Legacy.com at the link here or at the Hall-Wynne website here. Please feel free to leave your own memories of Lois a comment below.

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