November 13, 2013
Lois Coley passed away November 1, 2013, at home in Grass Valley following a brief illness.
A celebration of life open house will be held November 30th in Grass Valley. For details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. She went peacefully,
surrounded by those who loved her. A springtime ceremony is planned at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater in
Honolulu, Hawaii, where Lois will join her husband, Jack Coley, who died in 2001.
Lois was born February 10, 1918, at Evans Hospital, Modesto. She was the second child of Clarence T. Stevenson of the Stockton Police Department and the former Alice Howie Crozier of Honolulu. Lois grew up in Honolulu where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1936.
She attended Mills College and the University of Washington. She returned to Honolulu and was working for Hawaiian Electric Company when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. Lois met her husband in early 1942, when he was a naval aviator stationed at Kaneohe Naval Air
Station, where he had survived the December 7th attack. They were married on December 23, 1942, at her parents’ home, the warden’s residence on the grounds of O’ahu Prison.
Lois accompanied Jack to many duty stations as he served 20 years in the Navy. Their family grew to include three children. Following military service, they lived in Granada Hills, CA, until Jack’s 1978 retirement from Lockheed brought them to Nevada County. They lived until 1996 in Chicago Park and then moved to Grass Valley.
Over the years, Lois was active in Daughters of Hawaii, Rough and Ready Square Dancers, B&T, the PEO Sisterhood, and she was a long-time member of Sierra Presbyterian Church. Lois was an avid reader, active community volunteer, and gracious hostess. After losing her sight, she continued
to listen to recorded books and always had a sharp, inquisitive mind, quick wit and ready smile.
Lois is survived by her son Jay and wife, Anita, daughter Karen Bridger and husband, Bill, all of Nevada City, daughter Lisa Hofmann and husband Wolfgang of Germany. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Meredith Coley, Allison Bridger Rackley (and husband Robert), Amanda Bridger (and husband Bradley Burger), and Oliver and Jessica Hofmann.
Lois came from an established kama’aina family in the Hawaiian Islands, Her great-grandfather, Thomas Campbell, immigrated to America from Scotland, fought in the Civil War, then came to Hawaii in 1875, where he co-founded the Laupahoehoe sugar company. Lois’s brother, Campbell
W. Stevenson of Kaneohe, Hawaii, predeceased her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Sierra Presbyterian Church, Daughters of Hawaii, or PEO Sisterhood. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)