1954 – 2019
Lois was born on December 5, 1954 in Guelph, Ontario. In the mid 1960’s, the family relocated from Collingwood, Ontario, to Port Coquitlam, BC. She attended school at Port Coquitlam Senior Secondary (class of 1972), and in 1977, graduated nurses training from the Royal Columbia Hospital. This was only the beginning of her educational pursuits. In 1991, Lois achieved a bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Victoria and graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master of Nursing in 1996.
A pioneering nurse practitioner, Lois’ lifelong devotion to the art of nursing took many forms throughout her trailblazing career. This included her role as an emergency room nurse, a nursing instructor, a committee chair, and a hospital administrator. She truly had a remarkable and unmatched career, and her family is so proud of the legacy she has left behind.
All those who met Lois will remember her bravery, determination and indomitable spirit, that encouraged those around her to live their best life. After her valiant battle with breast cancer in 2006, Lois was faced with complicated and rare health complexities. Despite her health woes, she pursed a new passion for dragon boating with Abreast In A Boat, and was an active hospital board member after she and Ken retired to St. Marys, Ontario, in 2013. Lois was an avid quilter and seamstress, enjoyed travelling, reading, and most of all spending time with family and friends.
Lois died peacefully at home on March 6, 2019, surrounded by family. They were the pride and joy of her life. She is survived by her husband, Ken, daughters Sarah, Kendra (Jarryd), Victoria, and beloved granddaughters Anika and Samantha.