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Lois Starks Is This Week's Hometown Hero

It's on her front porch where Lois Starks now spends most of her days, but this Madisonville crossing guard of 50 years, has many stories to tell.

Posted: Sep 12, 2020 6:51 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 10:01 AM

It's on her front porch where Lois Starks now spends her days.

"There goes one of my kids right now," says Starks.

She knows many familiar faces in her hometown of Madisonville.

"In fact I think that's one of my parents going through down right there," says Starks.

Lois is a longtime crossing guard, for the last 50 years to be exact.

"I just love the kids and the kids love me," says Starks.

For 25 years, she worked at West Broadway Elementary, another 15 at Grapevine Elementary, along with other schools in between.

"You would have some that would listen to you, and some that wouldn't," says Starks.

Lois working rain or shine.

"As a crossing guard I went there morning and afternoon too," says Starks.

After five decades, Lois would see the little ones grow up to have families of their own, eventually protecting their children.

But the memories still clear.

"She got two little girls and everytime they pass me at Grapevine they wanted to stop and shake hands with me," says Starks.

The children trusting in Lois.

"I had a little boy that lived down on the street right in front of the school, he wouldn't go across unless I was standing out there," says Starks.

But what makes Lois a standout, her mix of kindness and protectives towards the kids.

"I wouldn't let them run across the street," says Starks.

While raising children of her own, Lois' duties going beyond, also making sure the young faces she helped cross the street each day were taken care of.

"The children come first..the children come first," says Starks.

In recent days with the pandemic, Lois hasn't been able to work as usual, but for Lois, it's about more than safety, it's about love.

"I miss seeing them too," says Starks.

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