by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident
Always pleasant, smiling and beaming with joy, Lois McCall glides through Treemont in her power chair on her way to the dining room, activities or to meet a friend. She always acknowledges those who speak or simply offer her a smile. After residing at Treemont for 10 years, she knows many people and has many friends through her volunteer work here. Lois leads the Monday afternoon Bible Study class in the Green Room and began the “Meet Your Neighbor at Treemont” articles, which yours truly now writes due to Lois’ busy schedule. Originally, she thought it would be a nice idea if residents knew each other, and how right she was!
We all have a story to tell, including Lois, who was born in Dallas, TX and raised by a single mom, who was a woman of strong faith. Lois describes her as “big as a minute, strong as an ox and stubborn as an army mule.” She was so certain that Lois should go to Baylor University, that they moved to Waco and Lois went to Baylor on scholarship; but before she graduated, she met the love of her life in her sophomore year. It was “love at first sight” with Richard Hawley McCall; and they were married after Lois graduated cum laude with national speaking honors and recipient of the Freedom Award, and she had taught high school for a year in the Valley. She was only 18 and there were students in her classes older than she!
Hawley was an Air Force Engineer during WWII, and did not return home until their first son was 2 years old. They had a total of 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. While raising her family, Lois taught Bible study, served as a book reviewer and an inspirational and motivational speaker. She was also host mother to many international graduate students at Rice University. Lois was widowed in 1988, but now has “spiritual children” throughout the world aside from her own family.
Lois worked as a professional book reviewer for Shamrock Hotel’s Continental Coffee series, Foley’s Town Hall and various country clubs, study clubs, book review clubs and churches in Louisiana and Texas. She taught Bible study classes in Houston with 450 women in weekly classes, with 200-300 on the waiting list. She also served on the Board of Directors of Bible Study Fellowship International that served over 200,000 people. She led workshops for T.E.A.C.H. and I.N.S.P.I.R.E. conferences and is the author of devotionals and inspirational books. She also was a speaker in her own church and served on the Board of Directors for Star of Hope Mission to the homeless in Houston.
Lois has traveled extensively to all 50 states and Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Japan, Bermuda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Western Europe. Her son and daughter-in-law are missionaries in Nigeria, and Lois is waiting to go sometime in the near future.
Aside from her travels and services to the ministry, Lois enjoys people, genealogy, reading, writing, travelling, managing investments and keeping up with the market. At 97-years-old our Lois is still going strong!
If you enjoyed meeting your Houston assisted living neighbor, then click here to meet more residents of this dynamic independent living in Houston community. There is much documentation on the value of social interaction and friendships in keeping seniors happy and content. Active Activities Programs are key to resident happiness in senior living in Houston communities. Seniors want to live with interesting and engaging residents. At Treemont, from concert pianist Ann Wang, to Nelda Sims of the Sims Trio and also Wilma Carr and Lillian Lee, residents enjoy in-house entertainment, and meeting new neighbors with whom to engage and share their new community. Please make sure you ask about the residents and the activities for seniors programs when you tour senior living Houston TX communities.