Lois Cook Sasser, 95, of Chancellor’s Village in Spotsylvania County, passed away on January 3, 2019.
Lois was one of nine siblings who grew up on small farms in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and the Depression. Pearl Harbor was bombed 10 days after Lois’ 18th birthday, and although she had never been east of the Oklahoma state line, a month later she and a friend boarded a train for Washington, DC where she worked as a clerk for the War Department. By 1945 Lois was flying airplanes, earned her pilot’s license, served with the Civil Air Patrol, and was appointed to the Woman’s Air Transport School. In 1945 she met Phillip Sasser, an Army Air Corps officer who had been removed from B-29 air combat in the China-Burma-India theater as the only surviving son of his family. They married shortly after the war and moved to New York City where Phillip joined his sister in the advertising business. In 1954, they moved back to Phillip’s hometown of Princeton, West Virginia, then to Huntington, West Virginia, where they lived for 36 years. After Phillip’s death in 1994, Lois moved to Fawn Lake in Spotsylvania, Virginia and later to Chancellor’s Village. Lois raised five children and became an accomplished golfer and serious bridge player, all while helping Phillip in his business endeavors. To the end of her life, she loved family gatherings and a good party.
Lois is survived by her daughter Martha Sasser of Spotsylvania; sons John Sasser (Nancy) of Gig Harbor, Washington, Phillip Sasser, Jr. (Virginia) of Fredericksburg, and William Sasser (Jacquie) of Sparks, Maryland; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
There will be a Celebration of Life held at Chancellor’s Village, 12100 Chancellor’s Village Lane, at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 11 with a reception afterwards. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity.