September 13, 1928 ~ January 1, 2009
It is with great sadness and much love the family announces the sudden passing of Lois Ina Macey (nee Johannson) on January 1st 2009. She lived a long, spirited and wonderful life for which she often expressed her gratitude. Predeceased by her devoted husband of 52 years Robert Stewart Macey in June 2000 and also by her siblings, Lenore, Barney, Helgi and Sigrun. She will be dearly missed by her 6 children, David, Matt (Janet), Leanne, Mark (Tamie), Scott, Lynette ( Dave). 18 Grandchildren, Kim (Mitch), Todd (Colleen), Tobi, Deryn, Devon, Quinn, Tanner, Steven, Crystal, Jordan, Tyler, Derek, Allan, Taylor, Dustin, Emily, Melanie (Chris), Alex. 6 Greatgrandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Caleb, Abbey, Gabe, Mason and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
Lois was raised in the Icelandic community of Elfros, Saskatchewan. Moving with her family to Burnaby, BC, where she married her devoted husband Robert Stewart Macey on January 23, 1948. Together they raised their six children in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, always involving the family in activities; soccer, music, dance, picnics and camping. A pillar of strength, Lois devoted her tireless energy to community spirit. In 1971 they left the comfort of family, friends, and neighbours for new adventures in Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island. There she started where she left off, devoting over 25 years as an advocate in educational and local affairs. Lois was a driving force in many organizations such as Community Futures, North End Recreation Committee, Qualicum Bay Fire Department, Lighthouse Recreation Commission, and the Royal Canadian Legion 211 as Executive and President. Education was a passion for Lois. She proudly served on the Malaspina College board and was elected District #69 School Board Trustee for 17 yrs and was chairman for many terms.
Proud of her Icelandic heritage she instilled a love of music and literature, which she passed on to her family. She was a natural storyteller and her Huldafolk, fairies and little people saga’s were favourites of young and old. Lois always lent her heart and was a great listener. In her retirement she contributed to The Parksville/Qualicum Beach News and The Boomerang News with her column “The Coffee’s On”. It was a way for her to share her fun loving and feisty insight on life. Lois lived on her own terms at all times. Her free, generous spirit and soul will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life Service, “The Coffee’s On”.
Please join us at 1:30 pm, January 17th at the Lighthouse Community Centre, 240 Lions Way in Qualicum Bay, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to a charity of your choice or appropriate alternatives will be available at the service.