Lois Schock

Lois Schock

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Lois (Schock) Gibbens

Mailing Address:

2410 N Alder St, No. 18
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Phone: 509-989-3646

Spouse: Merle Gibbens


Nathan (1974)
Justin (1976)
Jacob (1981)
Micah (1985)


Gabriel (2002)
Elijah (2005)
Noah (2007)

2014 Reunion News: After 25 years of teaching English, I retired from full-time teaching in 2011 and spent the following year working as the staff associate in my local church where my job included visiting folks who resided in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. However, the pull of the classroom was too great and two years ago I began substituting at the local high school. I will be doing a long-term sub job beginning in a couple of weeks until the end of January. I also began working for WSU last year as a student teacher supervisor. So I would say I am not quite retired. In addition to my work, my husband and I are pretty involved with our four sons and their families, especially our three grandsons. Three of our sons live in Washington and our youngest is a teacher in New York City. So we travel a good bit, having just returned from Amsterdam and Paris last week. I still try to walk four to five miles every day and thanks to Audible books can now listen to books while I walk. I honestly have never had any hobbies but am trying to learn how to garden, grow roses and bake a really good loaf of bread.

2004 Reunion News:

Past highlights: My proudest achievement of the past 10 years is seeing my three oldest sons graduate from college. One son is a musician, one an artist and one in business. My youngest son Micah just finished his first at Western Washington University in Bellingham where he is an English major. My husband and I have worked together to rear them and we have the most awesome sons. Becoming grandparents is pretty nifty too. My work continues to be both challenging and gratifying. Eight years ago I resurrected the student newspaper at Ephrata High School after lots of years without a paper. It's a far cry from the Bengal's Purr. These kids have written about marijuana use, unprotected sex, homosexuality; they write about issues teenagers deal with. The paper has received awards for excellence as we keep striving to get better.

Future Plans: I hope to continue teaching until my youngest son graduates from college. I am convinced working with 16-17 year olds keep you young. I have no hobbies or spare time, but I have become an inveterate walker. I try to walk 4-5 miles a day and I love books and movies. Now if I could only walk and read at the same time.

30 Year Reunion 1994

Spouse's Name: Merle
Current residence: Ephrata WA
Occupation: English Teacher
Spouse's Occupation: Mgr Grand Coulee Project
Family: Nathan 20; Justin 18; Jacob 13; Micah 9.
Number of grandchildren: 0
Places lived in the last 10 years: Pasco and Ephrata
Hobbies and other interests:
Plans or goals for the next 10 years: Continue teaching until my last son graduates from high school.
Major highlights of the last 10 years:

20 Year Reunion 1984

Spouse's Name: Merle
Current residence: Pasco WA
Occupation: Teacher
Spouse's Occupation: Manager South Columbia Basin Irrigation District
Family: Nathan 10; Justin 8; Jacob 3.
After graduating form UofI in 1968, I married Merle from Boise and we moved to Kingsville TX where we lived for a year and a half. We then moved to Pasco where Merle went to work for the South Columbia Basin Irrigation Dist. I taught Jr High Language Arts for 6 years here in Pasco and completed graduate school at Central Wash State University in Ellensburg. With the birth of my children, I've taken leave from the classroom to work as a full-time mother and homemaker. I also taught in a pre-school last year where I was able to take my youngest child with me. I do lots of volunteer work at my children's school and we are very busy in the life of our church. I also devote considerable time and energies to working on peace issues, specifically anti-nuclear weapons movement.

10 Year Reunion 1974

Spouse's Name: Merle Gibbens
Current residence: Pasco WA
Occupation: English Teacher
Spouse's Occupation: Engineer and Assistant
Family: Nathan Gabriel 10 months.
I attended Wayland College in 1964-65 before transferring to the UofI. Graduated from the U with a BA in English in 1968. Married Merle from Boise following graduation and moved to Kingsville TX. Moved from TX to Pasco WA in 1969 where I've taught English on the Jr High level for 4 years. In addition, I've been doing graduate work at Central Wash State College, Ellensburg.

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