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Lois Marie Decker
Lois Marie DeckerCross and FlameLois Marie Decker, 93, of Green Camp, passed away on October 30, 2023, at Kingston Residence in Marion.

Lois was born on February 6, 1930, to Princess (Wasserbeck) and Carl Rothfuss at the Rothfuss Farm in southwestern Marion.

Lois graduated from Green Camp High School in 1948 and, on December 19, 1959, she married a local schoolteacher, Glenn Emerson Decker. They celebrated 45 years together until Glenn’s death in 2005. Lois was a devoted wife and mother to their children, Joe, Rita, and Bill.

Lois was the sole surviving child of Carl and Princess Rothfuss. Their firstborn, Virginia, (1923-1930) and Kenneth (1926-1946) both died from ruptured appendixes before modern medicine allowed for these to be survivable illnesses. After her parents’ deaths, Lois became the sole attendee with the Rothfuss name at the Rothfuss Family Reunion each year in Marion. The Rothfuss Reunion began in 1927, and Lois attended the reunion faithfully until her health declined in recent years.

Lois was a quiet woman who was selflessly devoted to her family, friends and living her life through Christ. She enjoyed baking and gardening, and she could often be found playing her favorite songs on her organ.

Lois’s grandchildren will fondly remember her homemade cards, Easter egg hunts and her famous apple pie. More recently, a visit from her great-granddaughter, Aminah, would temporarily rescue Lois from the depths of dementia. Lois would smile and become animated, and her family could enjoy a small respite from this debilitating disease.

Lois’s daughter, Rita, was born with an intellectual disability, and Lois was Rita’s caretaker until near the end when she was unable to care for her. Rita was likely the first to recognize Lois’s cognitive decline, and as the roles reversed, Rita became one of Lois’s main caretakers. Through Rita, Lois was very involved with MARCA and often volunteered to help with parties and events. Lois was also involved with the local Women’s Society of Christian Service and was a member at the Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Green Camp, and then later the Rush Creek United Methodist Church of Essex.

Lois is survived by her three children: Joe Decker of Columbus, Rita Decker of Marion, and Bill (Monica McGee) Decker of Marion, four grandchildren: Claire Decker (Austin) Howard of Columbus, Kate Decker (Andrew) Taylor of Columbus, Benjamin Decker of Marion and Rachel Decker of Marion, and one great-granddaughter: Aminah Lawson Howard of Columbus.

Services celebrating Lois’s life will be held Monday November 6, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Rush Creek
(Essex) United Methodist Church. Rev. Barbara Jean Pope will officiate. Burial will follow in the Green Camp Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

Memorial Gifts may be made to Special Olympics

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#1 from: Sarah Beard
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 8:13 PM

Our condolences to the entire extended Decker family. Mrs. Decker was a wonderful lady always and an example for others in kindness to all.  Take care Deckers, your are all in our prayers

#2 from: Brent Harper
6089 Mt Olive Green Camp Road Marion Ohio
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 11:25 PM

My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Entire Decker/Rothfuss family at this time. Lois was an amazing women , that always handle life with Grace and Charm. Are familie were a close neighborhood. Lois will be missed by us all. But know she is with her Sweet Mother Princess, Glenn, & Joe. So , will be well taken care of and at peace. My Condolences to you all Brent Harper and Family

#3 from: Kathy (Long) Rice
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 12:28 AM

Joe, Rita, Bill, and family, I’m saddened to read of Lois’s passing. She was a sweet, kind woman. My mother, Geri Long, always enjoyed talking with her in Green Camp and thought highly of her. Praying you’ll know God’s peace and comfort during this difficult time.

#4 from: Mark& Judy Osborne
Bucyrus, Ohio
Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 5:40 AM

We so enjoyed seeing Lois and Rita at the Rothfuss reunions. She was normally the first to arrive and always came with a smile and greeted everyone. Judy and I are so sorry (out of town) that we can’t come to calling hours Thinking of you!

#5 from: Jill long Rose
Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 7:17 AM

Such a humble, sweet woman. Prayers of comfort to your family.

#6 from: Marilyn Coleman
Fri, Nov 3, 2023 at 7:35 AM

Bill, Monica and family. I first met Lois at Marion Honby Club.  I enjoyed her wit and friendship.  She will be sorely missed. You will meet again.  Hugs and prayers for your loss.

#7 from: Art and Mary Granlee
Green Camp
Sat, Nov 4, 2023 at 5:40 PM

Lois was a very special part of our life. life.  Her dad and my dad farmed together.  We now have our home we built in 1980 on her mother's home place. Lois was always kind to Art and let him hunt and cut wood.  Rest in peace sweet Lois.  You are so loved.

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