Elizabeth Louise Jolliffe
February 24, 2020
Elizabeth Louise "Lou" (Stephenson) Jolliffe, passed away February 24th, 2020. She was 86.
Lou Jolliffe was born November 26, 1933 in Yankton, South Dakota. Her father, mother and older brother, Jim, moved to Peru, Nebraska when Lou was a small child. They later moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska where Lou made most of her childhood and high school memories. Lou attended Cottey College in Nevada, MO from 1951-1953.
Occasionally the Wentworth Military Academy Cadets and the Cottey College students held dances together. She met her future husband, Richard "Dick" Jolliffe, at one of those dances. After Cottey, Lou finished her education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, as did Dick. They dated and married after graduation. Dick entered the Army as a linguist and was stationed in Germany. When his tour was over, he, Lou and their son, Jeff, moved to California. Dick earned his mortuary degree there. They then moved to Colorado, where Lou taught Junior High English. Their second son, Jim, was born in Greeley, Colorado. Soon after, they moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska where their third son, Pat, was born a couple years later.
After settling into their new life, new friends invited Lou to join P.E.O. Lou hosted many gatherings for friends and family. She was an excellent cook and baker, spoiling her family and friends with delicious meals and sweets. She actively participated in PTA, Hospital Auxiliary, Eastern Star and the United Methodist Church. Lou was a great athlete as well, playing golf and tennis, snow skiing and fishing. She and her husband were also quite the dancers and bridge players. She spent summer vacations as a youngster with her parents and brother at Heart Lake and later with her own family at Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota.
She moved from Scottsbluff to Tullahoma TN in May, 2018 to be near son Jim and daughter-in-law Liz.
Lou was preceded in death by her father, Warren W. Stephenson; mother Gladys Louise Patterson; brother James Patterson Stephenson and husband Richard A. "Dick" Jolliffe.
She is survived by her sons: Jeffrey, James (Elizabeth Clouse), Patrick (Jan Burnett); seven grandchildren: Rick (Bethany), Jennifer, Jami (Bill) Roth, Justin, Ben (Nicole), Megan and Anna; and eight great grandchildren: Joey, Jack, and Jaycee Jolliffe; Ricky Jolliffe; Liam and Pierce Roth; and Wyatt and Logan Jolliffe.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff followed by a luncheon reception in the church's Fellowship Hall. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 2002 4th Ave, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 69361.