Lois Avanelle Loy, age 90, passed away at 9:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, Illinois.
Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the First Church of God in Effingham, Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., prior to the funeral service. Pastor Matt Taylor will be officiating. Burial will be at Arborcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Effingham, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the First Church of God in Effingham, IL or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Avanelle was born on September 24, 1924 in Union Township, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Nannie (Jacobs) Mills. She married Clyde Andrew Loy on October 27, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2005. She enjoyed sewing, working with her flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was the Sunday School Secretary Treasurer, janitor, and provided gum for all the children at her church. Along with all of her hard work at the church, she also played a large role in helping with funds for the new First Church of God in Effingham, IL.
She is survived by her sister, Lucille Ryan of St. Charles, IL; daughters, Nanette Wendling (husband Dennis) of Effingham, IL and Gail Bryan of Greenville, IL; grandchildren, Robinette Flach (husband Pat) of Effingham, IL., Rebekah Wendling of Effingham, IL., Derrick “Duke” Wendling (wife Leanora) of St. Louis, MO; great-grandchildren, Jennette Hurst of Cape Girardeau, MO., Jordan and Adela Flach both of Effingham, IL., Nevaeh and Elleanna Wendling of St. Louis, MO; step-grandchildren, Bridgette Cole (husband Stacy) of Windsor, IL, Amie Sparks (husband Tony) of Findlay, IL., Zachariah Bryan of Sullivan, IL., Neil Bryan (wife Jessica) of Sullivan, IL., Sherri Bryan of Centralia, IL., Blain Bryan (girlfriend Amanda) of Kinmundy, IL; step great-grandchildren, Andy and Carson Cole of Windsor, IL., Garrett, Brody and Grady Sparks of Findlay, IL., RaeAnn, Rylee, Emma, and Kelsey Bryan all of Sullivan, IL., Kara Bryan of Sullivan, IL., Treniece, Erika and TJ Bryan of Centralia, IL; step great-great grandchildren, Chauncey and Scarlett Bryan of Centralia, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nannie Mills; brothers, Earl and Dean Mills; sisters, Thelma Mills and Romaine Vickers; son-in-law, Danny Bryan.