M. Lois Paul, 81, Durand, Illinois, died at12:37 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2009 in Medina Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. \r\r\n\r\r\n Born December 6, 1927 in Laona Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and Ruth (Beldin) Best. Married to Melvin E. Paul in Durand, Illinois on November 29, 1952. She and Melvin farmed for many years. Member of Durand United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir, Anna Circle and Laona Neighbors. Graduated from Durand High School Class of 1945. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include: son Rick Paul of Gathersburg, Maryland, daughter Susan (Stephen) Toon of South Beloit, Illinois; daughter Sally (Steven) Finch of Loves Park, Illinois, son Randy (Angela) Paul of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren Kristin, David, Kayla and Jennifer and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Peter. \r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral ceremonies will be held at 10:00 am Friday, March 20, 2009 in Durand United Methodist Church in Durand with Pastor Henry Whang, pastor, officiating. Burial in Laona Township Cemetery in rural Durand, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday in McCorkle Funeral Home 101 Main St Durand, Illinois. \r\r\n\r\r\n Memorials may be given to Durand United Methodist Church.