Lois Harden Obituary, Death – Lois Ann Harden, age 60, a resident of South Lyon, passed away suddenly. On August 18, 1962, she was welcomed into the world in Buffalo, New York, by her parents, Robert and Marlene Person. After having worked at the University of Michigan in a variety of roles for more than 35 years, Lois spent the preceding 24 of those years in the post of Facilities Manager for the Law School.
This was her longest tenure at the university. Her sense of humor, her carefree personality, and the unending love she had for her family and friends will live on in our hearts forever. All of Lois’s friends and acquaintances can attest to the fact that she flourished best in unusual and engaging predicaments. She enjoyed golfing, going on adventures, and playing fantasy football.
In addition, she took great pleasure in organizing the annual reunions for the Navy ship USS Badger DE/FF-1071, which was her husband’s ship and for which she was an honored honorary crew member. She fought for and raised money in support of increasing suicide awareness as a passion project that was very important to her. Her son, Robert V. Oerther, had already gone away before Lois did.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 17 years, Jerry Harden, her children Thomas (Lona) Oerther and Scott (Maegen Anders) Oerther, her granddaughters Claire and MJ, her parents Robert and Marlene Person, her brother Bryon (Therese) Person, and a number of good friends and colleagues. She was married to Jerry Harden for 17 years.
Donations made in her honor may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, which can be found at P.O. Box 78517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which can be found at 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10038. Both of these organizations are located in the state of Kansas. The family asks that there be no memorial flowers given in her honor at this time.