Lora Lucile Roth, 71, passed away on October 16, 2013 at her home in rural Gridley, IL. She?was born on January 21, 1942 in North Platte, NE to Dan Connell and Lena Fay (Paxton) Connell.
Lora grew up on a ranch in rural Stapleton, NE. She graduated from Thomas County High School in Thedford, NE in 1959. After high school, she attended college at Grace Bible Institute?in Omaha, NE where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education. While her brothers were serving in the military, she began working for her father as a ranch hand prior to moving to Illinois in 1968 to work at the Salem Children’s Home. She spent 20 years raising her 5 kids before returning to work as a teacher’s aide at Salem School and Flanagan School.
Lora married Darrell W. Roth in 1973 in Gridley, IL. They were happily married for 40 years. She was a member of Salem Church where she was involved in many ministries including teaching girls club and children’s church. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, and helping Darrell on the farm. She was also dedicated to giving blood and was able to donate 9 gallons during her life time.
Lora was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Fay Connell; sister, Colleen Miller; brother-in-law, Larry Smith; sister-in-law, Carol Connell; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Connell.
Lora is survived by her husband, Darrell Roth of Gridley, IL; her five children: Bill (Becky) Roth of Gridley, IL; Reggie (Melinda) Roth of Gridley, IL; Lori (Joe) Alstat of Greenville, IL; Dustin (Jamie) Roth of Eureka, IL; and Marty (Julie) Roth of Morton, IL. She is survived by her thirteen grandchildren: Tyler, Alyie and Audrey Roth (Bill); Jude and Makenna Roth (Reggie); Hudson, Cohen and Teague Alstat (Lori); Natali, Connell and Lilian Roth (Dustin); Benjamin and Ellie Roth (Marty). She is also survived by her 3 brothers and 4 sisters: Dan (Geneva) Connell of Tryon, NE; Barbara (Charles) Patterson of Callaway, NE; Carolyn (Eldon) Pritzel of Englewood, CO; Sam Connell of Tryon, NE; Mike (Tina) Connell of Stapleton, NE; Wilma (Al) Barkman of Lingle, WY; and Wanda Wilkins of Drexel, MO.