As many of you know, Lois died suddenly in December 2020, leaving us all empty and bereft. She was a caring, kind, and special person to her family, friends, and anyone with a cat or dog. Lois first loved kitties and over time she had five precious bundles when she lived in Reno, NV. She almost always had two jobs then, so she wasn’t home much. Therefore, independent kitties seemed like the best choice. After her second husband passed, Lois was befriended by a neighbor family, The Lawton’s. The Lawton’s had a dog named Snickers. Lois started taking Snickers for walks and soon fell in love with her. They often went to Coughlin Ranch so Snickers could chase crawdads. Then Lois started taking Snickers home at night. She partnered with Drew Lawton to co-care for Snickers. Lois would take Snicker’s to Drew’s office in the morning and go pick her up on her way home at night. Everybody was delighted. When Lois moved from Reno back to her native Portland, Drew sent Snickers with Lois. Lois and Snickers joined the dog community in the SW Condor neighborhood and Snickers lived almost five more years in Portland, as a friendly, gracefully-aging companion.
The SW Condor neighborhood is extremely people and dog-friendly, getting to know each other on walks and gatherings in the park. In early 2020, one generous neighborhood family was fostering a pregnant mother dog and eventually, her seven puppies for the Oregon Humane Society (OHS). When the puppies were eight weeks old, Lois was over-joyed to adopt the smallest one through OHS. She named her Chloe and she is best described as a “rocket.” Lois worked hard to train her (still a work in-progress) and took her everywhere she went. It was a bond made in heaven. Chloe is now a happy 10-month old, weighing 40+ pounds and has been taken in by Lois’s family.
We want to thank the Oregon Humane Society and the families that do foster care. They do such wonderful work and we want to ensure continued support for them and OHS. Please join us in honoring Lois and her love for animals by donating to OHS. Thank you.
In memory and honor of a special friend who gave so much to her community and to her friends. I don't think I ever heard Lois complain. She always had a positive response and always lifted my spirits. I miss our talks, our walks and our sharing of books.
2.JJoanie & Robert
We'll remember Lois' bright smile and sweet nature, and are so touched to have known her.
3.APAnia And Graham Pavitt And O’Brien Johnson
You are so loved and missed Lois 💕
A dear friend,she will be sorely missed.
6.PSPatricia & Rod Spannaus
You were a wonderful sweet woman who will be missed by many. We always enjoyed our visits with you and your family in Reno and Portland. Rest in Peace my friend.
7.ASAlethea And Anthony Sabia
Lois was a gentle, loving spirit. Snickers and Chloe were adorable too. As neighbors it was fun to watch the joy that Lois exchanged with these pups. Warm hugs to family and friends of Lois who all remember her sweet nature.
8.NRNatalie, Ken, James, And Charlotte Reamey
You will forever be in our heats. Your kindness, and love for all people and animals will live on. Knowing you has enriched our family. I can't drive past you house without stopping and talking to you for a moment, and I don't know if you can hear me, but hope so. I feel peace thinking of your spirit loving up all the pups at the pound, being the sun that pops out behind the clouds. We love you!
9.UMUrsula And John Moyer
Lois was a wonderful neighbor and she is greatly missed. We are happy that Chloe found a loving new home.
In honor of Lois who is so deeply missed. I feel so fortunate to have met her and Chloe last year at doggy meet ups in our neighborhood.
Brittany Brandenburg and Rob Holt