Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 97th birthday on Nov. 1.

Born in Hazleton in 1913, Lois was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his death in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his death in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for more than 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer worker in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War ll.

She is a member of flower clubs in Hazleton and Weatherly, where she held several offices including president.

She is a member of Weatherly Presbyterian Church, served as a church elder and was treasurer of the Presbyterian Women's Organization. She also received honorary membership from the Board of National Missions.

A member of the Weatherly Alumni Association, she has received awards of appreciation for the services to her community from the Weatherly Lions Club and the Weatherly American Legion.

Lois is a member of the Weatherly Senior Citizens Club, the Order of the Eastern Star and is past president of the Knights Templar Auxillary.

Her hobbies have included gardening, bird watching, baking cookies, working crossword puzzles and reading.