Lois Carol Bumgarner, 67, of Preston, died on Aug. 9, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1945, in Preston, the daughter of J. Edward and Alvera (Workman) O'Connor. She graduated from Preston High School in 1964.

She married Gary Bumgarner, Sr., in 1968. They had one son, Gary Allen, Jr., in 1969. She lived and worked in Preston her entire life.

Her godchild and niece, Amy, had an exceptionally close relationship throughout her life. Lois viewed Amy and Mike's children, Brad, 5, and Addie, 2, as her own grandchildren. Brad and Addie called her "Nam O," short for Grandma Lois.

She enjoyed baking, playing cards, embroidery and quilting. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with Brad and Addie. She adored Brad and Addie and cherished every moment she had with them.

She is survived by three brothers, Tom O'Connor of Rochester, Terry O'Connor of Fairmont, Gary "Mike" (Linda) O'Connor of Rochester; three sisters, Eileen (Ernest) Kinneberg of Lanesboro, Annette (John) Ask of Lewiston and Beth Mensink (Jerry White) of Lime Springs; two godchildren, Amy O'Connor and Cierra Burt; also many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary, Sr.; and son, Gary, Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Aug. 14, at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston, with the Rev. Shawn Haremza officiating. Burial was in Washington Cemetery in rural Spring Valley.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.