Funeral services to celebrate the life of Lois Marie Beasley McAvoy, 88, will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2023, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial to follow the service at 2:00 p.m. at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 7970 Mike Clark Road, Keithville, Louisiana, where Lois will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Clemmy Whitman McAvoy. Officiating the service will be Daniel Nelson.
Mrs. McAvoy was born October 6, 1934, in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Aaron Chester Beasley and Emmie Thurlkill Beasley, and passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023, in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Lois resided in El Dorado, Arkansas, where she met her husband, Clemmy McAvoy. Lois and Clemmy married in San Diego, California, on April 17, 1953. They went on to have four children, Louise, Steve, Stuart, and Stacey. Lois was a devoted and loving wife and mother who after raising her children, pursued her LPN license and practiced in the field of nursing for many years until she retired. Lois made the decision to pursue her nursing degree after the loss of her beloved younger brother James passed away from cancer. Lois was passionate about life - she lived by the words "you can sleep when you die" and did she ever! She loved to travel to new places and familiar places with her family - Disney, Las Vegas, New York City, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, cruising to Mexico, and many other places. Her children and grandchildren can tell you many stories of the trips they made throughout their childhood, where she would pile them in the car and hit the road! She was not afraid of anything!
Lois loved music (especially Elvis), playing the slots, playing bean bag baseball with her friends at Bossier Council on Aging, going to the state fair, fishing at the family camp in Dulac, Louisiana, eating out with family, working in her beautiful garden, working crossword puzzles, reading books, anything that would keep her moving and enjoying life! She loved all of the holidays - Halloween, Christmas, and everything about Mardi Gras! Lois loved to go to parades, festivals and especially loved attending the Endymion parade and ball in New Orleans and her many trips to visit Mickey at Disney!
Lois is survived by her sons, Steve McAvoy, Stuart McAvoy and wife, Cindy; daughters, Louise Mays and husband, Alvin, Stacey McAvoy; grandchildren, Aaron McAvoy, Jessica Bryan and husband, Jonathan, Casey McAvoy, Kaila McAvoy-Choat, Kelsey McAvoy-Choat, Kristina McAvoy; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Cooper, Asher, Carlee, and Allison; brother, Charles Beasley; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clemmy McAvoy; grandson Brandon Kneubuhl; and brothers, George Washington Long Jr., and James Clifford Graves.
Honoring Lois as pallbearers will be Chuck Beasley, Alan McAvoy, Elton Smith, Don Kennedy, Jonathan Bryan, Alvin Mays, and Damon Balen.
Lois has touched the lives of so many with her infectious smile and love of life. The family hopes you will remember Lois for all the ways she brought life and love to you! In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be made to Alzheimer's and Dementia research.