Lois Gustafson, 1941-2008
June 26, 2008
Lois Mae Gustafson passed away on June 23, 2008, of complications from breast cancer. Lois will be remembered as a loving wife and mother who touched many lives through her dedicated teaching, volunteerism, service, and her fighting spirit through a 15-year battle with cancer.
Lois was born and raised in Los Angeles in 1941. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and received a master’s degree from UNC in gifted and talented education. She taught third through sixth grades in the Douglas County School District until 2001. She received the Outstanding Teacher award the last six years of her teaching career.
Lois enjoyed the outdoors. She loved to ski and was a volunteer ski instructor for the developmentally disabled and Special Olympics for National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park. She also enjoyed hiking, biking, camping, golf and tennis.
Lois also shared her artistic talents through quilting, painting, and a lifetime full of creative activities. Lois was an avid reader and enjoyed book clubs and social gatherings with her friends and loved ones.
She made it a point to travel, to explore, and to learn about the world around her. She traveled extensively throughout the United States, and was able to visit England, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Swaziland, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe in her lifetime.
Lois was preceded in death by her son Eric and is survived by her husband Martin, her daughters Kristin Terris and Hope Gerson, her son Jason, her four grandchildren, and her brothers Russell and Dave Brown.
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A memorial service will be held for Lois at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Our Lady of the Snow church in Granby.