April 19, 1935 ~ May 15, 2019

Born in: Idabel, OK
Resided in: Denver, CO

Lois Jean (Butts) Pigford was born to James & Chinetta (Cole) Butts, April 19, 1935, in Idabel, Oklahoma, where she was raised as a farm girl, along with her older sister, Ruby Jewel (Butts) Jackson.

Lois graduated from Slater High School in 1953, and moved to Riverside, California with her parents to join family members who had migrated earlier to establish a new home. While in Riverside, Lois secured an associate’s degree in Business from Riverside Community College.

In the mid-1950s, Lois relocated to Denver, CO., to join her aunt, Versie Beatice Larkin, who was transferred to the city in the mid-1940s through her government career. In that same timeframe, Lois joined New Hope Baptist Church, under Pastor M.C. Williams.

In 1961, while serving the Federal Government through the National Guard at Buckley Air Force Base, George met Lois through her cousins, Charles & Versie (Cole) Jackson. Love blossomed and George and Lois married February 9, 1963.

In 1966, Lois and George’s family grew with the addition of Kyle (George), their first child, and Kim, their youngest, who joined the family in 1969.

With her family established, Lois returned to school to pursue her bachelor’s in Business Administration from The University of Denver, and then went on to secure her master’s degree in Business Education from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

While pursuing her master’s degree, Lois was employed by Denver Public Schools teaching business subjects, and was recruited to teach at Community College of Denver, where she achieved a 30-year career in business education.

During her tenure at Community College of Denver, Lois received numerous awards and accolades, but one of the achievements that she was most proud of was creating a Professional Development course that was adopted into the school’s curriculum. Lois further adapted the content of this course in her mentor work with Warren Village, where she taught young women resume writing and interview preparation, helping establish themselves as strong professionals. With the success of her course, Lois decided to extend its reach by writing “The Successful Interview & Beyond”, which was published in September of 2000.

Under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. James D. Peters Jr., Lois served as Women’s Day Chairperson, Deaconess, and Sunday School Teacher. Beyond New Hope, Lois was a loyal member of a community Bible Study Group, where she fellowshipped and established lasting friendships with members of her fellow Christian women community.

Deaconess Lois J. Pigford departed this life to the embrace of the Lord on May 15, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Those left to cherish her life include her husband, Deacon George H. Pigford Jr.; her two children, George Kyle Pigford and Kimberli Renee Fox; her sister, Ruby Jewel Jackson; brothers-in-law, James & David Pigford, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Services

Visitation: May 22, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: May 23, 2019 10:00 am

New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 322-5200

Interment: May 24, 2019 9:15 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 781-0117

Room: Staging Area C

Reception: May 23, 2019 12:00 pm

New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 322-5200

Room: New Life Center

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  1. Condolences to Uncle George, Kim and Kyle. Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. We send our love and forever keep fond memories of Aunt Lois in our hearts😘🙏🏽

  2. My deepest condolences to the Pigford family. She was my typing teacher at Merrill Jr. high. The early 70’s

  3. To the Pigford family my condolences.Ms Lois was a beautiful Spirit.May she rest with the Lord and may he send a comforter to the family. RIH Ms Lois you will be missed by the Bible Study Family

  4. Mrs. Pigford, may you rest in peace. Mrs. Pigford taught business classes at Community College of Denver (CCD). I attended her classes until I graduated and received my Associates Degree and went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Degree. While at CCD I didn’t know that she was also a member of New Hope Baptist Church where I was a lifetime member. I wasn’t active in church “back then”, but when I became more active and started attending Sunday school regularly, I joined her Sunday School class, another pleasant coincidence. Mrs. Pigford was such a positive influence in my life, her grace and poise. I looked up to her and I will remember her fondly and respectfully. Rest in peace.

  5. My sincere condolences to the family may God’s promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort at this difficult time.

  6. At a time when words are hard to find please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself uncle Junior. Your niece Polly Sampson and family

  7. My deepest condolences to the family. Lois was such a lady and a wonderful friend. I enjoyed her coming into the beauty salon , we would have some wonderful conversations. RIH…. Lois

  8. Expressing heartfelt sympathy. Someone so special will not be forgotten , wonderful memories will live on forever in our hearts. Lois taught me at Emily Griffith Opportunity School she was a great instructor. she is our loss and heaven’s gain.

  9. My deepest condolences to the family so sorry to hear of the loss of your love one. I remember my mom (Minnie Hill) talking about Lois (my cousin) as they grew up together in Idabel and she had lots of fond memories.

  10. Sending our love and condolences to you Uncle Jr, Kyle and Kim. May our God of peace be your comfort and strength during this time. We love you so much and Lois was a beautiful part of our lives. I always remember Lois as a woman of poise and class. I will always remember her laughter and her warmth. She will be greatly missed and forever loved! She is at home with the Lord in rest – where there is no sickness or disease, sorrow or sadness. We love you all so very much and our prayers are with you!

    Grace and Peace,
    Williams Family (Maryland)

  11. Sister Lois was a kind gentle woman . My time with her at the Community College of Denver was enjoyable.

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