“Lois truly loves Fire District #3,” said Fire Chief Dan Peterson. He said although he has only been fire chief for eight months, he believes he is a better chief because of Lois.
Peterson noted she was the first woman to serve on the district’s board of directors, was responsible for getting the Dodge Road station, was involved in urban renewal which has benefitted the district and improved the White City community.
Recently retired Fire Chief Randy Iverson noted his wife, Pat, actually knew Lois before she was on the board and before Iverson became chief. The two women were in a French class together. Wilson became a member of the Fire District #3 Board of Directors in February 1990 and Iverson became fire chief at the end of that same year. Iverson said today that relationship is a continued friendship and today even embraces his 90-plus year old mother to whom Lois brings reading material on a very regular basis.
Questions such as, “does it make sense for us” could be expected as she read her packet of information in preparation for a board of directors meeting, noted both Peterson and Iverson. Her ability to question items and her depth of preparedness were two things noticed by nearly everyone who spoke.
Wilson’s outstanding ability with words was noted time after time. It became very obvious she has made better spellers out of fire personnel and made them quick to read their material and ask that she review some documents before they were released.
Captain Dennis Jordan noted another side of Lois Wilson when he told those present that Lois and her late husband, Jim, donated the land for the Dodge Road fire station.
On behalf of the board and fire department, board member Colin Fagan presented Lois Wilson with a clock in a clear engraved case for her desk.
Also present at the event were Wilson’s three children; Graham, Amy and Hart.
In addition to her years on the JCFD Board of Directors, Wilson spent a number of years on the Jackson County Fair Board. She volunteered many hours at Eagle Point High School years ago when her children were students. And more recently she once again did volunteer work to assist students at the high school.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent