Lois Susan Graybill Dagen, 94, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at her residence in Landis Homes, Lititz, Pennsylvania. Her husband, Paul Lefever Dagen passed away in 2015. They celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary March 17, 2015.
Lois was born in West Earl Township, October 20, 1922. Her parents were the late Henry Benner Graybill and Lena Musselman Martin Graybill. She was a graduate of the former West Lampeter High School, class of 1941. She was a member of New Providence Mennonite Church.
Lois moved with her husband, Paul, and four small children from Lancaster County to Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1955 so Paul could attend Eastern Mennonite University. Then, in 1958 they moved to Atmore, Alabama where they lived for 30 years. Lois actively assisted her husband with church planting and the development of voluntary service units in the Alabama and northwest Florida district of the Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church as part of the home mission efforts of Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions.
After moving to Willow Street, Pennsylvania in 1988, Lois enjoyed volunteering at the Columbia Re-u-zit Shop and, in more recent years, at Landis Homes Retirement Community. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and being the mother of her five children. Many miles were traveled to church related functions and to visit family and friends through the years, including multiple trips to Honduras. Pastime activities included reading, word games and puzzles.
Lois is survived by her five children: Wilmer, husband of Miriam King-Dagen of Westover, Maryland, Rose, wife of Rich Frank of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Dan, husband of Kerri Arnall of Joplin, Missouri, James of Houston, Texas and Eunice, wife of Tim Beachy of Bremerton, Washington; six grandchildren: Sam, Henry, Rob, Ric, Abbey and Logan and four great grandchildren: Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Nicolas.
Also surviving are Lois’ siblings: Jacob Graybill, husband of Janet, Orpha Harnish, Eunice, wife of Jesse Enck and Marie, wife of Levi Hoover along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband Paul and her parents, Lois was preceded in death by one sister: Mary and five brothers: Mervin, Paul, Arthur, Noah and Omar.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service 10:00 am, Saturday, October 21, in the West Bethany Chapel at the Landis Homes Community, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz followed by visitation with family. A meal will be served following the memorial service in the Landis Homes Harvest Room.
Interment at the New Providence Mennonite cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Landis Homes Caring Fund or the Dagen Endowment Fund for Leadership Training by check payable to Gulf Coast District and mailed to 212 14th Avenue, Atmore, AL 36502, with Dagen Endowment in memo line.