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Melchert (aka Meler), Lois H., age 84 of Warren, died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at home. She was born on March 8, 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey, daughter of the late Charles Eugene and the late Grace Elizabeth (nee: Cooper) Weed.

Lois attended Royal Oak High School where she was a proud graduate of the Class of 1947. Her continuing education would find her at the prestigious New York City School of Interior Design. It was there that she honed her artistic skills within the field and gained immense knowledge that would eventually come to fruition in her work down the road. While at the school, Lois had the incredible fortune and honor of studying under one of the world's greatest designer's, Frank Lloyd Wright. It was definitely a "pinch me" experience, and a wonderful boost to the career path she had chosen.

The story of Lois could probably fill a novel with all that she learned, sought after, shared and enjoyed. Hers was definitely an eclectic life that was infused with a number of noteworthy associations and achievements. With all of her training in the field of design and appreciation for the arts, a notable endeavor was her founding membership with the Troy Historical Society. Among her many offerings and involvement therein, she was most proud of her work in the preservation of the Caswell House, a Troy landmark dating back to 1832, and eventually donated to the Troy Historical Society in 1968. Lois was also an integral part of the society's fundraising efforts, which led her to the development of the Hand & Eye Craft Show of which she was the proud founder. What started as a small gathering of vendors and craftsmen soon grew into Michigan's most acclaimed and largest craft show around. Another avenue of the arts that Lois enjoyed was the time she spent as a Dance Instructor for the Arthur Murray Studios. With being "light on her feet" and possessing the ability to "cut-a-rug" in her own stylistic way, she found great reward in teaching others the finer points of dancing,...and romancing in the old-fashioned way.

Among some of her other associations, Lois was a proud member of the Daughter's of the American Revolution, and past member of the Warren Garden Club,…a local organization and fellowship of the notable "Green Thumbs." Acclaimed for their prowess and talents in producing some of the city's most outstanding plants and flowers, Lois' yard was truly a sight to behold. Extending the utmost in tender-loving-care to her backyard garden, Lois poured the best part of herself into the upkeep and nurturing of her flora and fauna,…and it truly showed. Her family commented on the fact that she cared so much, there actually exists some plants and flowers in her yard that are over 25 years old.

And with this love of nature, it makes perfect sense that Lois was also known for her penchant for everything "Natural." From the food she ingested to the herbs and vitamins she chose over pharmaceuticals, she truly believed that what nature produced was so much healthier than anything man-made.

Lastly, telling the story of Lois would be sadly remiss if not for the mention of some special people who truly made a difference in her life. First, there's Trish,…a young lady who happened along Lois' path many years ago and soon became like a daughter to her. Realizing there are many terms of endearment that could describe what Lois and Trish shared, the term "mentor" is probably the most fitting. With a loving ear and proven leadership qualities, Lois helped this girl blossom into a magnificent and successful woman who has reached an impressive array of educational heights and degrees.

Then there's her dear friend and family advisor, Tom Boaks. With an immense sense of appreciation and gratitude, the family wishes to acknowledge all that Tom has done over the years to keep Lois' business affairs in order, thereby assisting her sons in knowing that she was being well taken care of and watched over.

And finally, there's the 3 "angels" in Lois' life, Sandy, Patti & Mack. It is through their unselfish care and efforts that Lois was able to spend her last years at home, living life on her own terms. Words simply fall short in trying to express what a wonderful and compassionate gift these 3 friends afforded Lois, but her sons feel it from the depths of their heart,…and say, Thank You.

Lois was the beloved wife of the late Donald. Dear mother of Donald (Kit) Melchert and David (Patricia) Melchert. Sister of Charles L. Weed, and aunt to many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Lois will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 5-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Interment will take place on Friday, with an 11:00am Graveside Committal Service, at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.

Memorial donations, in Lois' name, are welcomed to the Salvation Army, 24140 Mound Road, Warren, MI 48091.

Please share memories of Lois at her memory book.