It is only fitting that two people who were so much in love and had spent nearly 75 years together in marriage be remembered together as one. Norman and Lois passed from this Earth into God's hands almost simultaneously, Lois on February 21, 2009, and Norman on February 26, 2009. They would have celebrated 75 years together this May 30. Norman was born into a family with 9 brothers and sisters. Lois was born into a family with 6 brothers and sisters. Both were of farming families north of Morrowville. Both were Morrowville Rural High School graduates. Norman enjoyed music and on-stage experiences having won his high school competition in a "Charleston" contest and having had extensive participation in Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and Shrine leadership roles later in life. Lois excelled in basketball at MRHS having played on championship teams of the early 30's. She also joined Norman in many Eastern Star and Shrine activities. Norman and Lois were truly a team. They worked together in farming and their businesses and seemed to share everything. Their marriage endured because they loved each other and were totally committed. Where one may be weak, the other was strong -- a perfect partnership. They never forgot their roots, often reminiscing about their early married-life experiences in Haddam, on the farm, at Sunrise, and in Washington. Though they outlived most of their peers there are many second generation offspring that are still around to remember their willingness to reopen their business if someone ran out of gas or needed a minor repair. Norman loved to sing and did play some string instruments like the banjo. Lois' favorite song was Norman's rendition of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" which he would sing to her on special occasions. Lois was the perfect control mechanism for Norman for he had no fears and his body bore the scars to prove it. One such scar was the missing ring finger on his right hand -- lost putting hay in the barn. He jokingly would wiggle this stub to show some young niece or nephew or grandchild what could happen to them if they didn't behave. Lois, in her own discreet way, would often bring Norman back from some dangerous precipice in life -- thus the perfect combination. Their lives were truly exemplary. They openly tried to set good examples, especially for their daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Through their Church, their social and civic activities, and their businesses, they touched many lives in a good way. Lois M. Lull, 96, of Washington, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Homestead Nursing Home in Washingon. Norman H. Lull, 98, of Washington died February 26, 2009 at the Homestead. Graveside services for both were held at 10:30 a.m., June 5, at Hickory Grove Cemetery (Blocker). Lois was born June 18, 1912 at Steele City, NE, the daughter of Arthur Clay and Jennie May Price Griffing. Norman was born December 5, 1910, the Son of Allen and Maggie Mae Wright Lull. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Charles, Carl and Leo Griffing, and two sisters Nora Whittington and Zelma Monia. Survivors included Norman, one sister Alma Turner. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, four brothers, Orloff, Everett, Franklin, and Kenneth Lull and five sisters, Pearl Lull, Eva Reinecke, Laura Long, Velma Allen, and Elizabeth Bole. Both were also survived by their daughter, Pat Barnes and husband Roy, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. During the evenings of May 30, their anniversary, and again on this June 18th, Lois' birthday, listen very closely, look up, eyes to the heavens, you'll surely hear an old banjo and a clear tenor voice singing "Let - me- call- you- sweetheart". A memorial fund has been established to the United Methodist Church in Washington. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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