2011-02-24 / Obituaries

Lois Scammon

Lois Alaire (Schopf) Scammon passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, as the result of complications of diabetes. Lois was born in Wichita, Kansas on April 26, 1915.

Lois was predeceased by her husband, Leon Pike Scammon; her sister, Gwen (Schopf)

Palmer; and brother, John Schopf. Lois is survived by her sisters Lurline (Schopf) Nitschke, Overland Park, KS; and Elna (Schopf) Philbert, of Mariposa; and her two children, John Scammon, Scottsdale, AZ; and Dr. Debra Scammon, Park City, UT.

Lois earned her bachelors of science degree from Wichita State University and her masters in microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to Mariposa, Lois had a long career in microbiological research at the vivarium at Olive View Hospital in Sylmar, working to identify pharmacological treatments for tuberculosis. She was active in the American Public Health Association and published papers with Dr. Seymour Froman and other colleagues. She was very active in the women’s Onandarka Riding Club in Saugus and later Westlake, and competed in drill team and individual horse show events around southern California with her daughter. For many years Lois was a 4-H Leader in the equine division, supporting her son and daughter with their interest in riding.

Following her retirement in 1979, she moved to Mariposa with her husband Leon. Lois was a prominent citizen in Mariposa for many years, actively involved with the local and state Republican Party, an annual exhibiter in the Mariposa County Fair first with photography and later with floriculture. Her entries in the Mariposa Fair earned top honors as recently as 2010. Lois was very active with the Butterfly and Cathey’s Valley Garden Clubs, which were members of Yosemite Gateway District, California Garden Clubs, Inc., and the National Council of State Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs of America. The Butterfly Garden Club, of which she was a founding member, has a scholarship in Lois’ name for students in the community who want to go on to a field in horticulture. Lois was a consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society, a test grower for Jackson and Perkins, rose hybridizers, and an accredited flower show judge for many years. She became a U.C.C.E Master Gardener in 2005. Lois’s rose garden became well-known throughout the area as it was the site of the Soroptimists’ Rose Garden Tour and Tea for 20 years.

A memorial for Lois is planned for later in the spring in her rose garden. Contributions may be made to the Lois Scammon Scholarship Fund through the Butterfly Garden Club, P.O. Box 1271, Mariposa.

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