I am overwhelmed with grief at the loss of my beautiful Lois. We met on a blind date back on May 5 of 1973 (thank you, Cathy Wilson!), and were married on October 6, 1973. She was my one-and-only true love for 47 years and will never, ever be forgotten. She was a wonderful woman, an incredible wife, and a most-talented kindergarten teacher.
Lois was raised in London Ontario, along with her big sister, Donna, by Dennis and Myrtle Groat. She grew up to be a fine young lady, and followed her father and sister into the field of education; both teachers, Donna, Elementary and Dennis High School Classics. She taught in London for a few years before she made the big independent move to Toronto, all by herself, where she worked for the Scarborough Board of Education for her entire career. Almost all of her career was in Senior Kindergarten. When she finally fancied a change, she became an Educational Assistant, and aided a number of fellow kindergarten teachers in their classrooms.
We lived in an apartment in Scarborough for three years, then moved to a townhouse in Scarborough for seven years. We then moved up to Markham, where her gardens were her pride and joy! She had quite the green thumb!
Retiring in June of 1999, Lois took in two beautiful babies - our beloved Miniature Schnauzers, Kirby and Koko. We lived in Markham for 24 years, before moving to a golf course north of Stouffville, Ontario. Again, always pride and joy beautiful gardens.
Life was grand!
Then, in December of 2019, Lois became very ill and was hospitalized for 37 days. Appearing to make a good recovery, Lois struggled to get back on her feet for most of 2020. Then in 2021, she began to lose weight and muscle tone. She grew very tired most of the time and wasn’t eating or sleeping well. Finally, on July 22, Lois slipped on the ceramic tile in our kitchen and broke her hip. While in hospital, the doctors discovered numerous critical problems with her health. Before her hip could be repaired, Lois succumbed to her conditions and passed away at 1:40am on the morning of July the 26. I am completely devastated and lost without her. Coping is going to be incredibly difficult.
Lois is predeceased by her parents Dennis and Myrtle Groat, her beloved sister, Donna Angood and her husband James Angood.
I thank God for Donna’s three incredible children, and their children, Kerri-Lynn Edmondson & Mike Jensen (twins, Britlynn and Braedin); Kathy and Jamie Brine (TJ and Payton); and Jamie and Sarah Angood (Ava and Liam). I sincerely thank you for your incredible love and support all these years!
There will never be another like her. I will love you until the end of time, darling Lois. Until we meet again. Your loving husband, Ralph.
There will be no funeral. Cremation has already taken place.