Lois “Jean” Winslow, 91, Kokomo, passed peacefully from Earth to heaven at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Heritage Pointe, Warren, surrounded by her husband, children and granddaughter, Andrea. She was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Kokomo, to Charles Wilbur Fowler and Hazel Ione (Crume) Fowler. She was united in marriage to Rev. Verl Wesley Winslow on Jan. 25, 1941, in Indianapolis.
Jean was an excellent homemaker, cook and financier. The Winslow home was filled with storytelling, laughter, counseling and love. Her response to questions about life was to search the scriptures. She was an avid reader and lover of the Bible, which proved invaluable as a pastor’s wife.
Following graduation in 1940 from Kokomo High School, Jean graduated from Fox Beauty School and set up a beauty shop in her parents’ home. She pursued this career while her husband was “seeing the world” during World War II. She also worked for Dr. Mayfield from 1948 to 1950.
Jean began her college career by taking religion classes at Kletzing College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She then studied history and English at Indiana University Indianapolis, followed by science courses at Butler University. She graduated from Indiana State College with a teaching degree in 1963, and received her master’s degree in 1970. She was an excellent elementary teacher who required much from her students, but gave even more of herself to their education. Her teaching career began at James Robey Elementary in Clermont, and continued at Bon Air Elementary and Wallace Elementary in Kokomo, where she retired in 1982.
One of her fondest memories was a European tour she took as a sponsor with the IUK Singers in 1974. When asked, she said her greatest blessings were finding Christ, marrying Verl, having three children and serving others.
Survivors include her husband, Verl; son, Stephen (Kathy) Winslow, Greencastle; daughter, Marcia Bagwell, Greentown; son, David (Carolyn) Winslow, Kokomo; grandchildren, Michelle (Ed) Fletcher, Avon, Stephen II (Nicki) Winslow, Greencastle, Yvonne (Dan) Miller, Greencastle, Matt Winslow, Greencastle, Leslie (Mike) Walden, Greentown, Justin Martin, Greentown, and Andrea (John) Taylor, Kokomo; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.