Lois Ann Burau passed away on April 19, 2020 in Enumclaw, Washington. She was 89 years old. Born on November 30, 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa to John and Lou (Mylan) Landers; the family moved to Watford City, North Dakota when Lois was just a few months old. Together they lived on a ranch outside of Watford City. Lois later graduated from Watford City High School with straight As. She married Melford Stutrud in 1949. The two made their home in Rawson, North Dakota and were blessed with two children, Curtis and Carol. Work had them move to Williston, where Melford held a position at the Grain Elevator and Lois worked at Woolworths. In May of 1966, the family moved to Washington state where she and Melford took employment at Weyerhauser in Snoqualmie. In August of 1970 Melford passed away. After his death Lois moved back to Minnesota to care for her parents. There she worked for Kramer’s as an Office Manager and met Carl Burau. She and Carl married in August of 1977 and relocated to Texas just before retirement. The pair lived in Kerrville, Abilene, and Westlaco. Lois enjoyed and loved the mountains, so much so that she often painted them too. The Buraus took their motorhome out whenever they could. They took joy in the freedom of it and often traveled to visit family and friends. Carl passed away in October of 2002. Along with her husbands Melford and Carl, Lois is also preceded in death by her son Curtis Stutrud. Lois stayed in their beloved Texas for another eight years, finally moving back to Washington and her daughter Carol in 2010. She lived a loving and genuine life. Lois is survived by her daughter Carol Haley; stepson Gene Burau; stepdaughters Gail Schlicht, Jill Lende, and Terri Schroepfer; eight grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.
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