May 18, 1950 – September 25, 2022
at the age of 72 years:
With great sadness we announce the tragic loss of Lois Kaye Schindel (nee Doerkson) in Enderby, BC, on September 25, 2022.
Lois was born in Grande Prairie, AB, and moved with her family to Salmon Arm, BC, at the age of 16. She attended Salmon Arm Senior Secondary and Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC.
Lois was a loving mother of Jason and Lori-Ann; she spent their younger years with them at home before later returning to work. Living in the beautiful Shuswap, they camped often, enjoyed the beaches and spent endless amounts of time with family, whether travelling together or holiday gatherings; family was always around. Lori-Ann will treasure the close irreplaceable friendship she so gratefully shared with her mom.
Lois happily retired from her 35-year dedicated career with Service BC, (formerly BC Government Agent’s Office) in 2008. During her busy retirement years, she would often say she didn’t know how she ever had time to work, and it was always humorous when she thought it was Saturday on a Tuesday. Lois enjoyed art, painting, decorating and design, taking photographs and the peacefulness of birds and nature. She enjoyed reading, writing and playing games, as well as many years of gardening and beautifying her yard with plants.
Grandma/Nana Lois had a loving connection with her grandchildren; they meant the world to her and she let them know it. Fondest memories are her famous pancakes and sugar cookies, trips to the beach, playing outside, dancing to Abba, teaching them how to paint and do crafts, playing Mexican Train and board games (laughing if they cheated), walks on nature trails – analyzing all of the sounds they heard. Her purse mints and gum that tasted like root beer also bring a smile.
Lois was tender-hearted; in her kind, gentle, compassionate and sentimental nature. She was empathetic, expressed encouragement and was an attentive listener who made others feel heard and valued. She was affectionate and we will cherish the gift of her rocking hugs forever. Lois’ care and devotion to her family during their times of need will be warmly remembered.
Lois will be perpetually missed by her family. She is survived by her two children, Jason (Amanda) Schindel and Lori-Ann Gervais (Bob Cassidy); five grandchildren, Memphis, Makena, Sutton, Esme & Arden; mother, Florence Abney (nee Doerkson); sister, Glenda Jones and step-sisters, Judy (Colin) Fothergill and Leona (Jack) Johnson.
Lois is predeceased by her father, Hank Doerkson; step-father, Charles Abney and younger sister, Marlene Pyper (Richard Annesley).
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Safe Society.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.