She was born on Aug. 5, 1914, in Refugio to John Daniel and Annie Laura Dubois Linney.
She was the youngest daughter in a family of 10 children.
The Linney ancestors migrated to Refugio County in the 1850s.
Lois graduated in 1932 as valedictorian at the two story, red brick high school in Refugio. The graduation ceremony was at the Rialto Theater. After graduation she worked for Dr. James Bauer in his dental office.
On Christmas day, 1932 she married Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Wilkinson in Ingleside, T. J. was a young bookkeeper at the First National Bank of Refugio. They were married for 47 years.
Lois was active in the community and in her church. She belonged to the Altar Society of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church and held several offices including president. She belonged to the P.T.A., Woman’s Club, Refugio County Country Club, and the Refugio County Historical Society.
She wrote several of the historical markers in Refugio, including the one by her grandfather’s home, the Linney-Huson House, behind the Refugio County Museum.
Lois also was a member of the Texas First Family’s Association.
Lois was proceeded in death by her parents, many of her siblings, her husband, and daughter, Bettye Joyce Kret, former chief tax appraiser for Refugio County.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Anderson of Temple; two sons, Tom Wilkinson of Boerne; John Wilkinson of Corpus Christi;; a half sister, Allie Marie Gillespie of Woodsboro; a half brother, John Richard Linney of Houston; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
A family visitation and rosary were held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Moore Funeral Home Chapel.
A Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 8.
Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.