With Thanksgiving for the Life of Lois Dauway
by Thomas Kemper
Please join me in thanking God for the life of Lois Dauway, who died on Tuesday, February 4, in the late afternoon, following a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and the love of friends who knew her over her many years of service to God, the church, United Methodist Women, and the General Board of Global Ministries.
Lois had a distinguished career in mission, having served in the former Women’s Division of this agency (now United Methodist Women) as interim deputy general secretary, among other administrative roles. She also served as interim deputy general secretary for the Mission and Evangelism unit of Global Ministries.
In her life and ministry, Lois Dauway exemplified goodness as described by the Prophet Micah: To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. In both her personal and professional worlds, she had a very strong commitment to fairness and equality, unbounded kindness for those in need, and a strong sense of thankfulness for the presence and love of God.
Her competence as a senior administrator of United Methodist Women and of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries was matched by her deep involvement in her community and congregation. She assumed prominent ecumenical responsibilities and was chair of the program committee of the World Council of Churches when she became ill while attending a council committee meeting in Scotland in 2011. She rejoiced in the opportunity to share her Wesleyan theological belief of God’s free grace with those of other communions.
Lois Dauway was my colleague, mentor, and example. Her faith in Jesus Christ was visible in her vocation, in the way she wore her achievement, and in the way she walked down the hall greeting those she met. She was deeply rooted in United Methodism, as are other members of her family.
I invite you to join me in prayers of consolation for Lois’ family and in praising God that she was part of our life and mission in creative and lasting ways.
Thomas G. Kemper
General Board of Global Ministries