A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at South Park Cemetery for Lorene Bost, age 97, who passed away March 19, 2015.
Lorene Bost was born to Henry and Anna Croka on October 28, 1917 in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. Lorene was the second of six children of Henry and Anna: Ross, Lorene, Clyde, Duane, Merna and Constance. The Crokas were a farming family in and around the town of Hennessey. .
Lorene attended schools in the communities of Mound Ridge and Lacy, graduating as valedictorian of her High School class. She then attended Central State Teachers College (now the University of Central Oklahoma ("UCO")) in Edmond. Working throughout college to pay her tuition, Lorene graduated in May 1938 and began her teaching career at her alma mater, Lacy High School, and shortly thereafter moved to Davenport High School where she taught mathematics. Later in her life, Lorene received the Master's degree from UCO.
Lorene's life was changed forever in 1940 when, at a Lincoln County area teachers' banquet, she met Burl Bost, a high school agriculture teacher from the nearby town of Wellston. Burl was a graduate in agricultural studies from Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State University). Following a short engagement, Burl and Lorene were married on February 6, 1941. The Bosts' first residence was in Wellston.
In July 13, 1942 Burl and Lorene's first son, Tom, was born. In the years that followed, Burl's changing business and occupational opportunities led the family from Wellston to several towns in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
Burl and Lorene experienced three particularly significant developments during that period of time. First, both Lorene and Burl confirmed their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord through baptism, Lorene in 1947 and Burl in 1952. Second, Burl and Lorene's second son, Bryan, was born in 1947. Third, in 1952 the family moved to Roswell, which was to become Lorene's principal residence (except for a five year sojourn in Oklahoma) until her move to California in 2000. While in Roswell, Burl and Lorene were active and involved members in the Country Club Road Church of Christ (formerly the College Avenue Church of Christ).
After a relatively brief illness, Burl died on November 8, 1987. Despite her great loss, Lorene continued to thrive through her involvement in church, the friendship of her wonderful neighbors, her gardening and cooking and her long walks along the Spring River trail. She loved the New Mexico Big Sky Country and never tired of viewing Sierra Blanca and the Capitan Mountain.
In August 2000, Lorene moved to California to be near her family, occupying an apartment in West Los Angeles. She quickly established close friendships and was involved in the life of her church, the Culver Palms Church of Christ. Life took a cruel turn in December 2005 when Lorene suffered the first of three major strokes. Nevertheless, she lived ten eventful years bringing joy to her children, grandchildren, church friends and fellow care-facility residents. Lorene passed from this life on Thursday, March 19, 2015. She is survived by her two sons and their spouses, six grandchildren and their spouses and fourteen great-grandchildren.
To God be the glory!
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com