Obituary: Ordway Fleck, Lois Sue Ellen
Lois Sue Ellen
So they say it takes a village to raise a child. Let me take you on a journey through the village of this special child. It began with the birth of Lois Sue Ellen Ordway Fleck to Raymond Ordway and Tracy Sydor on July 31, 1994 in Kennewick, WA. The next steps on her Journey took her to her Grandma Faye Whittington Kommer’s home where she was able to run and play and grow to know her sister Mistie Ordway. She also had other siblings she got to know, as well as many other loving family members around. Next her journey took her to Portland, OR, where she was nurtured by her Aunt Tina Fazio. Here she also acquired more brothers and sisters. After a time her Journey took her back to Grandma Faye’s where she was able to build more memories. The next phase of her journey began when she went to Spokane, WA to live with her cousin Sandy Fleck and her husband Jon. The excitement that abounded in the other homes on her journey was also present at the Fleck home where she immediately acquired 11 more siblings.
Lois was a quiet ten year old when she arrived at the Fleck house. Over the course of the next eight years, she went from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. After the first year, Aunt Sandy and Uncle Jon changed to mom and dad. She had an infectious smile, a corny sense of humor and the physical strength of a lumberjack. She loved to play basketball. She was the intimidating rebounder and enforcer. She continued to enjoy her relationships with her siblings especially her sister Mistie and Grandma Fay. She talked often about the many siblings and other relatives she met throughout her Journey.
She also loved God with all of her heart and attended Spokane Faith Center with her family. Just recently, Lois spent two weeks in Thailand and Cambodia, dealing with kids who were kidnapped into the sex slave market. It broke her heart and she wanted to go there to help with anything she could. Lois spent the last year working at the Cenex Zip Trip on the Newport Highway. She not only enjoyed the job but the rewards of having a job as a teenager. She was able to pay for sixty percent of her mission trip out of her own pocket.
She was preceded in death by her namesake great-grandma Lois Whittington and one of her siblings from early in the Journey from Portland, Heather Hockett.
The Celebration of Life service for Lois will be held at her home church, Spokane Faith Center, 3330 W. Central, Spokane, WA on Wednesday, September 12th at 1 pm. RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY SPOKANE, WA entrusted with cremation. Online guestbook at www.riplingers.com