Lois Marian was born July 4, 1924, at Orange City, the daughter of Henry and Dena (Rexwinkel) Muyskens. She was raised at Orange City, where she attended Northwestern Junior College. She then was a school teacher in Onawa and Le Mars for a year each. She then moved to Holland, Mich., where she graduated from Hope College. There she met the Rev. Robert Hector, whom she married on June 16, 1949, at the Trinity Reformed Church.
They pastored Reformed churches in Slayton, Minn.; Chicago, Ill.; Prairie City, Iowa; Friesland, Wis.; Venice, Fla., and Middleburg, Iowa. At all of the churches, she was a partner with her husband, often serving as president of the women's organizations. In semi-retirement, they returned to Orange City. In early September of 2005, she became a resident of the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility. After more than 57 years of marriage, "Bob" died Dec. 22, 2006, in Orange City.
Lois was currently a member of the Trinity Reformed Church. Over the years, she served on several denominational committees and was active in the World Home Bible League. She served as a substitute teacher and tutored migrant workers. She was known for her faithful telephone calls to church members on their birthdays and anniversaries.
The Rev. and Mrs. Hector were the host family for a Northwestern College student from China and for most of their married life, they supported a child through World Vision. They enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include her four children, Carol Braaksma, of Orange City, David Hector, and his wife, Miriam, of Le Mars, Mary, and her husband, the Rev. Donald Orange, of Greeley, Colo.,and Janice, and her husband, Jeff Fox, of Perry; five grandchildren, Karlton Hector and his wife, Jana, Craig Hector, John Braaksma, Daniel Orange and Andrea Orange; two brothers and their wives, Paul and Pat Muyskens, of Orange City and the Rev. Joseph and Jean Muyskens, of Homewood, Ill.; and two brothers-in-law, the Rev. John Maassen, of Venice, Fla., and Harold "Booty" Hector, and his wife, Marlys, of Mesa, Ariz.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Maassen.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jon Nelson will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today (Monday), with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials may be directed to Latin American Christian Ministries.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.oolman.com.