Mary Lois (Anderson) Rotruck

Born: Sat., Feb. 2, 1929
Died: Sat., May 10, 2014

Reception Following Service

Mon., May 19, 2014
Location: First United Methodist Church North Campus Family Life Center

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Mon., May 19, 2014
Location: First United Methodist Church of Greensboro - North Campus

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Mary “Lois” Anderson Rotruck

Mrs. Mary “Lois” Anderson Rotruck, 85, passed away on May 10, 2014 at her Reynolds Plantation home after a long illness. Born in Oconee County on February 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Edward Cohen Speer Anderson and Ivey Elberta Delk Anderson. She was preceded in death by her son Alan B. Rotruck, sister Doris Garrison, and brothers Jerome S. Anderson and H. Cohen Anderson. She was a member of Athens High Class of 1946 and played on the girls’ basketball team. Also, she was one of the many secret nieces/nephews of the famous Athens High English teacher, “Miss Ruby” Anderson. She worked at Drury’s Pharmacy in Athens, then for many businesses in the Atlanta Metro area (before, and between, having babies); including Sears, Roebuck, Keelin Press, Ennis Printing Company, and eventually retiring from DeKalb’s Rowland Elementary school staff. She was a member of First Methodist Church of Greensboro, GA, the Nelson Circle, and a frequent volunteer for most anything.

Lois and Gene moved to the Lake Oconee area from Stone Mountain in 1991. Lois, as all friends knew her, loved family, church, people, and bridge – in that order. She never met a stranger, and her wiles were instrumental in getting many visitors to become members of - Reynolds Plantation, her church, and the many bridge groups she loved. She was a member of the Eatonton Duplicate Bridge Club, various Reynolds Bridge groups, Harbor Club bridge group, and was a Silver Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. Also, she could seldom resist filling in when a fourth was needed – anywhere, anytime.   

Survivors include her husband of nearly 66 years, Eugene (Gene) C. Rotruck; 2 sons - Larry Rotruck (Joni) and Mark Rotruck (Donna); daughters Laura Bowden (Jeff) and Amy Boggess (Joe); brother Douglas D. Anderson and Elizabeth Darden; 4 sisters Edna Wree (George) of Ypsilanti, MI; Marge Garrett of Greensboro, GA; Martha Kate Burger (Frank) of Athens, GA; and Virginia Thompson of Loganville, GA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, grand, and great-grand nieces and nephews. A number of cousins also survive.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Monday, May 19, at the North Campus of  FUMC/Greensboro, 202 West Broad Street, Rev.’s  Richard Chewning and Mike Morgan officiating. The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center after the service.

In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made to the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro, 202 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA Building Fund.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Sat May 10, 2014
Gene and family,
Just saw notice of Lois' passing and we are so so sorry. What a sweet LADY she was and she will be so missed! I know your heart is broken and this is a very hard time for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Jane Cobb
   Posted Sat May 10, 2014
My love and prayers and deepest sympathy. Lois was a dear lady and friend through the years. Jane Cobb

Dee Beeler
   Posted Sun May 11, 2014
Gene & family, I am so sad to hear this news. I loved Lois with all my heart, and she will be so missed.I know it has been a hard road for several months now, but we know she is rejoicing with the other "angels' at this very moment. Prayers and love are with you all! Dee & Craig

Nancy and Fred Hunter
   Posted Sun May 11, 2014
Lois will always be remembered as a sweet and fun soul. Gene, thank you for being so caring and supportive as a husband through this hard time. May God bless you both.

Chris and Mickey Ramsay
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to Gene and the family. We have fond memories of the times we shared with Lois and Gene at the lake. She may be gone from sight. But never from our thoughts and prayers.

Alice and Ken Leakey
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Ken and I loved Lois so much. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our hearts go out to all of the family.

Arthur & Gretchen Ott
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
We are heartbroken that you have lost Lois and offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We know she will always be with us when we don't know how to bid a bridge hand or what to both were an inspiration to all your friends with a beautiful marriage and the love and caring we saw.
Art & Gretchen

Butch and Susan Foust
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Dear Gene and family, When we think of GFUMC, we think of Lois. She was always there to greet her church family with a genuine smile, and continuously touched our lives! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. This sweet lady will be missed by many. Our love, Butch and Susan

sheila & john Connelly
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Thinking of you and missing Lois's smile. Always enjoyed speaking with her at church.
With Sympathy,
Sheila & John Connelly

Ramona (Crawley) Doverspike
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
To the Rotruck family: so sorry for your loss. The Rotrucks lived in the neighborhood where I grew up and I also went to school with Laura. My sympathies to all the family. Mrs Rotruck was such a nice lady and I remember her at Rowland Elementary like it was yesterday! I know she will be missed by many loved ones.

Amanda Garvin
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Gene and Family: my heartfelt sympathy to you all. Mrs. Lois was a beautiful lady, inside and out. I will be praying for you in the days and weeks to come.

Marge Garrett
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
My Dear and Precious Sister.
You will be greatly missed and I will always remember the wonderful times we shared, especially SISTERS DAY with KATIE, GINNY AND EDNA when she was able to be with us. We will still have Sister Day and Celebrate you with our memories.
I'm sure GOD AND JESUS are so happy to have you and your wonderful sense of humor and loving goodness. I LOVE YOU DEARLY and look forward to a reunion some day. YOUR LOVING SISTER,MARGE GARRETT!!

John Ford
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the grief, sadness and sorrow you are feeling. Just know that many others who also loved Lois are sharing that burden with you. I truly believe and hope that the time will come when positive and loving memories of Lois and your time together will joyously emerge through the dark clouds. As a fellow bridge player, I enjoyed so much being with Lois at our local duplicate bridge club and at sectional and regional tournaments. I think of her always with a bright smile and a sunny disposition.
May God be with you and provide peace and comfort during this difficult time.

John Ford

Frank and Jackie Brandon
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Lois was a wonderful neighbor and friend to the Brandon family in Stone Mt. We can still hear her hearty laugh and see her smile. The whole family were excellent neighbors - the kind of good neighbors that you do not see too much of in today's world. We were blessed to have known her.

Bob & Nancy Mitchell
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
Dear Gene:
Bob and I are so very sorry for your loss. I know you two loved each other, and had a great marriage. We will always remember the good times the four of us had. You both have been good friends of our for many years.
You and your family are in our prayers as you make your way in life without her by your side. May God Bless you all.
Bob & Nancy

paula and Joe Kraus
   Posted Sun May 18, 2014
dear Gene and family, we are so sorry for your loss but as Amy said, her Mom is at peace. We will miss seeing Lois outside pulling weeds and fussing at Gene as he did something she wanted done differently. They made a wonderful couple and were great. neighbors, never complaining about our wandering dogs. Our thoughts are with you all during this stressful time of remembering and honoring your wife and mother.

Edna and George Wree
   Posted Mon May 19, 2014
My dear sister, I love you so much and have the most wonderful memories of our life together as sisters. Although our hearts are heavy, we are comforted knowing that you are at peace with God. To Gene and Family, you are always in our prayers and hearts.

Edna and George