Lois Maurine Worcester, daughter of Herbert Dewey Worcester and Irma Lois Hiatt Worcester, was born March 18, 1928 at Winner, SD.
The family moved to White River, SD in 1928, where Lois grew up and attended grade and high school, graduating with the class of 1946. While in school she worked in her parents’ meat market and grocery store, as an usher at the theater, and as a telephone operator. She worked for a short while after graduation as a Long Distance Operator at the telephone exchange in Winner and then went to Murdo, SD where she worked for Carpenter and Burns, Attorneys at Law.
On February 23, 1947, Lois married Bernard Jaide, and to this marriage three children were born: Anita Maurine Jaide Hall, Kenneth Bernard Jaide and Jo Anne Jaide Heuertz. Bernard and Lois celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1997. Bernard died on November 11, 1997.
During her lifetime Lois held many different jobs. She was a bookkeeper for Francis Plumbing and Heating, did the typing for Court Reporter Dan Parish, was Treasurer of the School District, Jones County Register of Deeds, Office Manager Murdo Hospital, bookkeeper for Triple H Truck Stop, secretary of Attorney C. D. Kell, secretary of Attorney Eugene Jones, and secretary of Attorney Alvin Pahlke. After 1998 she began doing bookkeeping and typing as her own business, which she continued until August 2014. In her spare time Lois enjoyed doing needle work, cross-stitching, crocheting and making lasting memories for her grandkids.
Irma Worcester was a piano teacher and Lois grew up with a love of music. She played piano for Sunday School from a very young age and accompanied music groups through the school years. While still in high school she played piano with a dance band consisting of fellow school members. After moving to Murdo she started in 1946 singing in the choir and then also started playing piano and then organ in the United Methodist Church for over 60 years. For many years she accompanied school students for their contests and also played for various civic functions.
She was in the group to take the first EMT course to begin the Ambulance service in Murdo, and then served as Secretary and Treasurer. Since the time that the Weber Charity Service van was started she has answered the phone to take reservations for the use of the van.
Lois is survived by her daughter Anita Hall and her husband Randy; nine grandchildren: Barbara Messelhiser and husband Tim, Brad Jaide and fiancé Joren, Janelle Stewart and husband Keith, Justin Iversen, Janeen Stewart and husband Todd, Travis Heuertz and wife Juliane, Trent Heuertz and wife Tiffany, Tobi Pickett and husband John and Vanessa Eng and special friend Roger Harrell; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard; son Kenneth; daughter Jo; brother Dwight Worcester; granddaughter Michelle Brown and great-grandson Brendan Heuertz.