Lois Louise Plummer-Nejdl passed away peacefully on December 28 at the age of 94. Born May 10, 1924 to Ivan and Kathryn Shepherd in Boise, Idaho. Lois grew up in Silver City where her mother and step-father operated the stage line and mail route to and from Murphy, Idaho. Lois would ride those mountain roads in the summer behind a team of horses in a stagecoach and bundled up in a sleigh in the winter. She liked to tell stories of how Silver City was when it was a thriving mining town. They moved to Star when she was in grade school. She developed a strong work ethic and learned to cook helping her mother, who owned Kathryn's Cafe, a cafe renowned by locals and truckers for amazing home cooked food. She was a cheerleader at Star High school, graduated in 1941 and that same year married the quarterback of the team she cheered for, Gerald (Gardy) Plummer.
When Gardy was shipped overseas to serve his country, Lois, with daughter Connie, went to Monterey, Ca. to work as a WAC and help with the war effort. It is hard to picture little 102 lb. Lois, driving an Army Transport Truck with no power steering. After the war, they returned to Star where they completed their family with the birth of Steve and then Patricia. As the children grew, she supported them in their activities, 4-H, barrel racing at the Snake River Stampede and den mother for the cub scouts.
Lois worked at St. Al's hospital in the neo-natal unit for many years. She loved taking care of the babies and made many lifelong friends while working there. Evenings and weekends she would waitress at The Hill House Restaurant on Hill Rd. She divided her tips among her children so they would have spending money. She later became a dental assistant and worked for Dr. Claude Brown.
Lois never saw the bad in anyone, she instantly would make anyone feel at home or like they were a part of her family. She would dress and do her hair, every day, like she was always having company over, something that made us so proud. She always kept an immaculate house, yard and was always willing to make something good to eat for any of us kids. Years after Gardy passed away, a friend convinced Lois to attend the Saturday night single dances. It was there she met and was courted by Emil Nejdl. They later married and spent many happy years going on cruises and traveling with their two bulldogs in their motor home. Lois' children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She supported them in their various sports of body building, bull riding, motocross racing, track, baseball, bmx, skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics and football. An avid football fan, she was thrilled and proud when one grandson became a quarterback in college and then in the NFL. Her favorite past times as she got older was toe tapping to Lawrence Welk and watching Denver Broncos and Mariners games. To stay active, she was in a constant battle with the squirrels, sweeping walnut shells from her driveway and sidewalk.
Lois was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband Gerald, husband Emil, daughter Patricia and great grandson Austin. She is survived by daughter Connie (Roger) Kiblinger, son Steve, grandchildren Clint and Debi Calhoun, Brett, Eric and Jake Plummer, Carly Winegar and Jesse Sexton and 14 great grandchildren.
We would like to thank the staff at Emerson House and Keystone Hospice for taking such good care of her and listening to all of her fondest memories.
A celebration of Lois' life will be held in May 2019. Update on date, time and place can be viewed at www.bowmanfuneral.com as warmer weather approaches.