Active and independent to the end, Lois died at home in Nelson, BC, on December 31, 2017. She is survived by her children Vicki Huva, Randine Arnesen and John Arnesen, and by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Born in Nelson in 1928, Lois thrived in public school and then excelled at UBC. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Honorary Sorority for scholarship, leadership and service; the Mamooks, Phrateres and Glee clubs; the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority; and the Pan Hellenic Council. She graduated in 1950 with a BA degree in preventative medicine and bacteriology.
She pursued learning throughout life at Notre Dame University in Nelson (teaching, 1970), and more recently through the Canadian Federation of University Women, Learning in Retirement, Nelson’s literary festivals, and the MIR Centre for Peace.
Lois was constantly engaged in innumerable organizations, charities, the United Church, the CFUW, Welcome Wagon and many cultural endeavours. Her extraordinary contributions were recognized when she was named Nelson’s 2012 Citizen of the Year.