In Memory of

Lois

Ruth

Macdonald

Obituary for Lois Ruth Macdonald

Lois Macdonald nee McAllister
February 4, 1927 - March 29, 2024


With tears of sadness and sincere feeling of loss, the family of Lois Ruth Macdonald, announces her peaceful passing on March 29, 2024, in her 98th year surrounded by loving family and friends.

Lois is predeceased by her cherished husband, Charlie. Loving Mother of Catharine (Glenn), Brenda (Laurence), Donald (Eileen) and Janice (David). Also grieving Lois's passing are her nine grandchildren: Sergei and Anna Van Hardeveld, Jon and Fiona (Patrick) Tyler, Glen (Bethany), Ian (Eilidh), and Neil (Sarah) Macdonald, Sean (Halie) and Aidan Robinson, and her five great-grandchildren, Isla, Eden Grey, Finlay and Ramsay.

A loving, caring, intelligent and beautiful person, Lois was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born in Ottawa, Lois graduated high school with Honors. She began her professional career as the Private Secretary to the British High Commissioner in 1944 at the age of seventeen. Lois attended the Second Quebec Conference as his Secretary in Quebec City where she met Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Alice and Clementine Churchill during the conference.

Several years later Lois married Charles Donald Gordon Macdonald on June 21, 1952. She was the Mother of four children, Catharine, Brenda, Donald and Janice. Lois and Charles raised their family starting in Ottawa, then Hamilton, Brantford, London and finally in Kitchener as Charles's professional Management career took the family to various cities in Ontario.

Lois's dedication to her family and husband was given with joy and heartfelt Motherly love.

Lois acquired her Grade 8 in piano and became a piano teacher in her later years.

Lois and Charlie chose to build a solar house in the country near Ayr on 98 acres. Their new life together on the farm started in 1979 and they enjoyed the farm for many decades until they decided to move back to Kitchener for health reasons in their later years.

Lois and Charlie were also long-term members of the Ancient Mariners Canoe Club (Cambridge, ON). This provided them many years of fellowship and outdoor recreation.

Lois was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and subsequently also had major back surgery. Although Charlie tried to support Lois and care for her at home, the burden of care was too great and Lois took residence in a Long Term Care home. Charlie then devoted every day to being with Lois over the last many years until his passing on February 18, 2022.

Through their loving generosity they created "The Lois and Charles Macdonald Music Bursary" to support students in the music program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020.

A private family interment will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Lois's family will receive relatives and friends from 2:30-3:15 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519) 749-8467. A Celebration of Lois's Life will be held in the Chapel on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Those unable to attend may view the service via the following live stream link:https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming

The family would be grateful for any thoughts, memories or comments relating to Lois. These can be shared through the Henry Walser memorial website https://www.henrywalser.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to "The Lois and Charles Macdonald Music Bursary", Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University through https://give/wlu.ca/macdonald