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Lois Uhlinger Pelletier

Fair Oaks, California

December 28, 1920 - December 31, 2011

Lois Uhlinger Pelletier died surrounded by her family in Fair Oaks, Calif., on Dec. 31, 2011.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1920, to a missionary couple serving in the Belgian Congo and came to the United States when she was 15 to finish high school and attend university. With her bachelor of science and RN degrees, she returned home to the Congo as a medical missionary in 1946.
In 1948 she was married to Rev. Elwin Pelletier, a Baptist missionary from Minerva, in the Adirondack Mountains. They worked together in the Congo under the Conservative Baptist Foreign Missionary Society for 34 years. In 1981 Elwin contracted a rare lung disease and they retired from the mission field to live in Southern California. After recovering , Elwin worked with the Hospital Chaplains of America until his passing in 2000. Lois served on the board of directors of the Hospital Chaplains for some years. Lois continued giving talks on Africa and took up oil painting in her retirement. She truly enjoyed her family and took every opportunity to be with them. Lois is survived by her three children Karen, Steve and John; three grandchildren Miki, Andrew and Lisa; her sister Betty and her brother Rev. Philip Uhlinger.
A celebration of life service and reception was held on Jan. 4, 2012, at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.
The Pelletier/Uhlinger family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the many local people and church congregations that supported this dedicated couple in their missionary service.