Lois Renfro Ream
November 8, 1923 — August 31,
Lois Renfro Ream was the first of
her family to be born in a hospital, the old St.
Joseph’s Hospital in Albuquerque, on November 8, 1923.
Mrs. Ream studied music at the
University of New Mexico, and was a classic pianist and
a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music
A Turtle Farmer, she cared for no
less than 12 turtles in her back yard along with
neighborhood birds, and of course, her dog and cat.
She was the wife of the 200th
Coast Artillery’s Glenn Ream who preceded her in death
Some of us remember Mrs. Ream, not
only for her quiet demeanor, but for her Purple 1965
Mustang which we secretly coveted! Mr. Ream wanted a
Corvette, but Mrs. Ream was not in favor as Corvettes
did not have back seats and so, they purchased the
Mustang, brand new, for about $2,700.00.
Mrs. Ream joined the
Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico
because of her great respect for Mr. Leo J. Padilla and
the friendship Mr. Padilla showed her husband in his
last years. She held the strong conviction that the men
of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery regiments be
properly, and always honored and never missed a memorial
ceremony. Even though a debilitating stroke left her
immobile, she was present at the April 2010 ceremony in
Bataan Memorial Park.
She cherished the service and
sacrifice of Our Country’s servicemen and women. She was
a member of the American Ex-POW organization and felt
that everyone should be required to watch the film, “The
Great Raid.” When her son-in-law retired the American Flag which
flew at her home and raised a new Flag and a POW
Flag, she was made happy.
Surviving Mrs. Ream are two
children, Mary Ann Cornett and Fred Ream; three
grandchildren, Kevin Lenth who is working on his
Doctorate at the University of Wyoming; Brian Lenth who
is studying music at the University of Iowa; and Shannon
Cornett who is a graduate of Granville College in Iowa
and the mother of Mrs. Ream’s five great-grandchildren.
According to her wishes, Mrs. Ream
will not have formal services, but instead, will quietly
join her husband Glenn in the Jemez.