Lois Theone Tilton

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Lois Theone Tilton, age 80, of Tecumseh, passed away Sept. 10, 2012 in McMinnville, Tenn., where she has resided for the past year and a half. Lois was born Oct. 3, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Leno and Dorothy (Fallis) Purkey. On Dec. 29, 1950, she married William Tilton in Tecumseh and he preceded her in death Nov. 23, 2006.

Lois was a retired bus driver for the Tecumseh Public Schools. Lois and her husband, Bill, were very active in Tecumseh athletics for many years and an award was established in their name to be given annually to an outstanding Tecumseh athlete.

Lois is survived by two sons, Steve (Gena) of McMinnville, Tenn., and Mike (Sue) of Mich; daughter in-law Paula (Bill) Patteuw of Adrian; 10 grandchildren; nine great grand children; brothers, Richard (Florine) Purkey of Tecumseh and Jim (Bev) Purkey of Nokomis, Fla; sister in law, Bonnie Purkey of Tecumseh and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Bill, she was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Thomas and Daniel; daughter in law Debbie (Seal) Tilton; granddaughter Amber Nicole Tilton; sister, Betty Williamson and brothers, Robert and Donald Purkey.

A celebration of Lois’s life will be conducted by her family at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.

Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at the funeral home. Condolences may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.

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