Lois Wayne Lewis Gilder was born August 14, 1933, to the late Cleo Albert Lewis and the late Tommie Lee Beale, in Dallas, Texas, both preceded her in death.
She dedicated her life to God at an early age when she joined Boll Street C.M.E. Church (Now Cedar Crest Cathedral C.M.E.). She joined Inspiring Body of Christ Church and continued her walk as a strong woman of God until her death.
Lois graduated Booker T. Washington High School, Dallas, TX. and attended Prairie View A & M University, receiving her Registered Nurse certification.
Upon graduating from college, Lois met and married Sam Gilder, Jr.
Lois believed in helping people and had a passion for the nursing profession. At St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, TX, she was promoted as the first Black Head Nurse of the Maternity Ward. She served in various nursing capacities, for over 25 years. She also worked as an Occupational Health Nurse at Texas Instruments, until her retirement. She worked briefly in the Dallas Independent School District as a floating nurse.
On Thursday, November 26, 2020, God called his sweet daughter, Lois, home to be with him.
Lois was preceded in death by one sister, Rhonda Sue Beale Waites. She is cherished in memory by one sister Esther Marie Lewis Lyles (Velton) of Tucson, AZ; Michelle Yvette Gilder of Dallas, Texas, Brian Keith Gilder of Dallas, Texas, Deralyn Deweese Gilder Brown (Dwight) of Mesquite, Texas and Charlotte Renee Gilder Hervey of Dallas, TX.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.