Lois Diane Brooks (Street)
Lois was born on January 26, 1954 in New Westminster, BC. She was the second of four daughters to Art and Sheila Street (both predeceased). Growing up she was always the tomboy. She loved motorcycles and was truly gifted in art and writing. When there was a graduation, wedding, funeral, birthday or any special occasion she always wrote the most beautiful poem. Her words were always from her heart. She met Charlie when she was about 15. At 19 they married and had their first child Clayton (pre deceased 2000). When he was 11 they moved to Princeton and Lois said “why are we moving there, all you do in Princeton is get gas and ice cream”! They lived there for many years and added their daughter Chara and sons Josh and Riley to the family. Living on 66 acres on the mountain visiting Lois’ house was always a treat and a good reason to gain weight as she was an amazing cook and loved to bake. Fresh white pumpkin pies, peanut butter cookies and the best banana blueberry bread on earth just to name a few. She loved to spoil everyone and was the most giving person we ever knew. She never asked for anything in return. Her nieces and nephews were a testament to her many gifts as were we all. Being a Mom was her most important job in life and losing her first born was something she never recovered from. But, she persevered and with her faith and her family kept on going. Lois did have the privilege of having Chara and her son Jackson live with them and she sure loved that little guy. Clay left behind a son Keaton and one week to the day after her passing Keaton and Hayley gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Emmie. Lois spent her summers at “the lake” in Okanagan Falls with family and friends. She would usually get there when school got out and go home when school went back. The family moved to Penticton in 2004 which made it that much easier to go back and forth. Lois loved flowers and plants and her home and the lake were always adorned with them. When our parents moved to Penticton and became ill Lois was always there for them. Making meals, because the food there was not up to standards, visiting and just doing what she did best…. taking care. We are forever grateful for that. In May 2013 Lois was diagnosed with Lung, brain and bone cancer and was given 6 months maybe a year or so if she did treatments. The news was shocking. Lois being the fighter that she was fought another battle in her life. She fought with all the strength she had and set an amazing example of what faith, family and being strong truly meant. She would always say, “I’m OK, don’t worry about me”. Sadly after checking into the hospice into Penticton to help ease the pain she had to let go of her fight on July 22, 2015. As she wished, her family was at her home having dinner together when she went to sleep. With our hearts empty and missing our daily calls from her we had to say our goodbyes. It’s still surreal. Lois’ wishes were to not have a memorial but instead just to “hold our families close and enjoy each and every day.” Every time we have a family dinner she will have a place there. Rest in paradise with our Mom and Dad and your son Clay. Until we meet again…. Your family.