Lois Paxton Kling, longtime resident of Alexandria, VA ,died peacefully on July 3rd, 2017 at
Goodwin House Alexandria. She was 87 years old.
Lois Anne Paxton was born August 3, 1929 in Newark, New Jersey. She was the middle of
three children born to Paul and Doris Paxton. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and her fondest
childhood memories were of Gates Mills, Ohio where her family resided for almost 25 years.
She was an avid horseback riding enthusiast and competed in many horse shows during the
war years. She graduated from The Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio and followed her
sister, Joan, to Skidmore College in New York. She eventually transferred to Rollins College in
Winter Park, Florida where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the tennis
team. During her senior year, she was the editor of the yearbook and graduated with a BA in
Fine Arts. She returned to Cleveland, became a kindergarten teacher, and received her
Master’s in Education from Case Western Reserve University. Soon after she met and married
John Adam “Jack” Kling on February 26th, 1955.
After their honeymoon in Bermuda, Jack was drafted and he and Lois were stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where their first child, Anne, was born. After the Army, Lois and Jack returned to Cleveland, built a home, and welcomed their son, John. The family eventually settled in Alexandria in 1960 where their youngest child, Libby, was born in 1964. Lois was an active volunteer with the Junior League of Washington, D.C., acting as an executive producer of three weekly League television programs on channels 9 and 26 from 1962 to 1965. She was a first and third grade teacher at St. Agnes School in Alexandria (now St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School) from 1967 to 1986. She received the Excellence in Education Award from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in 1984. After retiring from teaching, she began a career in real estate in 1986 and was a member of the NVAR Million Dollar Sales Club. She was a real estate estate agent until the age of 82. She was a member of Immanuel Church on the Hill and volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years.
Lois is survived by her daughter, Anne Ross and husband, Ken, of Alexandria, Virginia; son, Dr.
John D. Kling and wife, Elizabeth Sullivan, of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter, Elizabeth”Libby”
Franke and husband, Steve, of Naperville, Illinois; six grandchildren, Meaghan Ross Vento,
Adam, Patrick and Caroline Kling, and Aidan and Carly Franke; and numerous nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Kling II; her sister, Joan Paxton
Jameson; and her brother, Robert D. Paxton.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Goodwin House Foundation,
https://www.goodwinhouse.org/goodwin-house-foundation/ , Goodwin House Palliative Care and
Hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 1250 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037.
A memorial service will be held at Goodwin House Alexandria with a reception to follow on
August 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.