Lois (Mann) Taylor Roath

John P. St. Paul Memorial High School
Class of 1944

(Jan. 26, 1926 – Sept. 17, 2006)

Lois Taylor Roath served as the City of Olathe’s first female mayor in 1985-86. She worked with her husband, Roy, who owned and operated Taylor Drug Store. She became interested in politics by attending town meetings, and became a city commissioner in 1983. At that time Olathe was under the City Commissioner form of government. In 1985, she was asked to become the first female mayor of Olathe; she accepted and was the 50th mayor for the city.