July 26, 1939 – April 18, 2019
After a decades-long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis and more recently with other chronic illness, Lois passed away quickly and peacefully in hospital, with her immediate family at her bedside.
She is survived by her husband, Ed; daughter, Janine; son, Gavin; sister, Linda (Otto) Zerbe of Ponoka; nephew, Stephen (Diana; sons, Chad and Matthew); niece, Lynette (sons, Nathan and Nicholas; grandsons, Jayden and Ty); nephew, Darren (son, Brandon; daughter, Kaitlynn); one aunt, and numerous cousins. She is pre-deceased by her parents, David and Doris Howell.
Lois grew up on the Howell farm east of Ponoka. From 1966 until 1980 she worked as the librarian at the high school. Having a keen eye for design and aesthetics, she co-founded a flower shop downtown on 50th Avenue, and operated it until 1975, receiving many compliments for her wedding flower arrangements.
In 1980, she and Ed moved to Drayton Valley, Alberta, where she ran the municipal library for 10 years. In 1990, they moved to Salt Spring Island, BC, buying and operating a trucking company.
Many will remember Lois for her keen intelligence, quick wit, and sense of humour.
Before the ravages of arthritis, she played the piano, and enjoyed curling. She had a life-long love for animals.
According to Lois’ wishes, there will be no funeral. Interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery, Ponoka at a date yet to be determined. Donations can be made in her memory to the Alberta SPCA.