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Lois is survived by her children Vicki Huva (Terry), Randine Arnesen (Art Stock) and John Arnesen (Michele); her six grandchildren Qadesh (Dom), Emmanuel (Amy), Anisa (Trevor), Tessa, Arlin (Laura) and Asha. She was so pleased to fulfill her wish to welcome her newest grandchild Gilbert, born last summer, who along with Colton, twins Peyton and Ilia and young grandchild Asha brought her much delight. Lois enjoyed close relationships with all her nieces and nephews Janet Griffiths, Jeri Griffiths, Brian Whittred (Jenny), Julie Whittred (Ward) and with Asha’s mother Kirsten Bunton. Her parents were long term Nelson residents Bert and Jeanne Whimster; she was also predeceased by her sister Muriel Griffiths, her sister in law Molly (Arnesen) Whittred and her dear friend Norm Bedard.Loiswas born in Nelson, BC on February 5, 1928. Her childhood brimmed with happy memories of riding the trolley cars,
hiking in Kokanee Park, dancing on the Moyie and summers spent at “No Eats”, the family cottage on Kootenay Lake. Lois excelled at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Preventative Medicine and Bacteriology and much later earned a teaching certificate from Notre Dame University in 1970. Always interested and curious, she continued her love of learning throughout her life taking courses at Notre Dame University / David Thompson University Centre and more recently through the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW),Learning in Retirement, Nelson’s literary festivals and the MIR Centre for Peace among others. Asia, Turkey, Russia and Europe captivated her, but no more so than exploring BC and her beloved Kootenays. Lois workedfor 16 years as a certified dental assistant at Dr. Bedard’s office. For 21 years, newcomers to Nelson wereenthusiasticallywelcomed by Lois who greeted them through Welcome Wagon and Baby Welcome,alongside Edna Whiteley and Francis Welwood.Lois loved and was very proud of her community of Nelson and served it well. She volunteered with many organizations over the years, most recently CFUW, Touchstones Nelson, Nelson Overture Concerts Society and the Capitol Theatre. She was honoured as Citizen of the Year in 2012.Family gatherings were frequent andalways a highlight for Lois. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friendsat the numerous activities in which she participated including bridge, book club, church events and CFUW.