We cannot begin to say how sad we are to hear this hard news. In kindness, intelligence and genuine concern for others, Lois enriched our lives. She and Thad contributed so much time and talent, as well as academic leadership, to the UW community. While serious and purposeful in her disparate roles and responsibilities, Lois had one of the best laughs of anyone we know -- A loving voice to all who knew her. In our various works together, Jack and I enjoyed her company and respected her dedication to fairness and opportunity. In addition to all her professional contributions she and Thad were adept at dedicating their life events to the building up and betterment of ohers. We admire their recent huge financial gift to the university and their life-long service.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Thad and her family.
Jack and Pam Keating
Dear Thad and family,
I just read in UW 'Columns' that Lois passed away in May; I am so sorry for your loss.
Lois, and you, Thad, have been such good friends to Sam and me over the years. You were always there to support any event or cause in which Sam was involved. Remember Lois in a UW sweatshirt at Sam's 80th birthday party!?
Lois was a mentor to me during my ombuds work at Clark College; her wisdom, perspective, and sense of humor were invaluable.
I know you all have so many fond memories to cherish -- they will keep Lois alive in your hearts.
I will miss my friend.
Dear Family of Lois,
I just now saw this announcement and I want to send my heartfelt sympathy. I knew and worked with Lois in the mid 80s and early 90s when I was at UW with her. I so admired the important work she did on behalf of African American nurses and on behalf of ALL nurses and others. In her capacity as the ombudsperson, she constantly worked toward creating an equitable and just environment. She has left a big legacy and will be remembered always. Ellen Olshansky
To Lois' Family....Lois was one of my academic advisors at the Dept. of Psychosocial Nursing. I will always remember her clarity in asking questions and encouraging pursuit of knowledge. She was most definitely both a nurse genius as well as a beloved character. Please take care...
Family of Lois.
your wife and mother was an awesome person. She loved all of you so much and I know her expectations of each of you continue in her spirit. I admired her contributions to nursing, the science of relationships, and her nuturance of young people. She and I had a close relationship during the recent years as we both faced retirement. She was a good listener and gave wonderful advice. I loved her. Kathryn Barnard
Lois, we will miss you so much. You brought light to the UW School of Nursing in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with Thad and family.
We the family on the east coast were taken aback with news of Lois leaving so early from this place. She will be missed but not forgotten. Minor,Price, Ferguson, Douglas and Edwards.
Dear Spratlen Family,
I met Lois at my first Ombuds conference at Asilomar over 25years ago and she made me feel so welcome. She gave me my first gift exchange present...a porcelain mug. I still have that mug and think of Lois of each time I use it. She was special.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thad and Family:
I will always cherish and remember the warmth and hospitality shown to me by Lois and the “Hampton Family”. I am sure Lois is busy organizing the Hampton Chapter in Heaven.
Thad and Family, you are in our prayers.
Sherri and Werner Seyfried
Dear Thad and family,
We always loved Lois. She was an amazing star in our community, always showing us the way. I remember first meeting Lois traveling for the Jesse Jackson campaign and knew I had stepped into the presence of a special and brilliant woman. We will miss her beautiful essence and grace. And like so many others, we are grateful for the time that Lois was in our lives. Our love and peace are with you.
-Alec and Helena Stephens
Dear Spratlen Family, I so appreciate that you shared Lois with us and it was a delight to be in her presence where brilliance and love abounded.
Dear Mr. Spratlen,
When I read about the amazing woman and nurse that your wife was, I was so touched. I am so sorry for your loss.
From what I read, she has been such an advocate for the under privledged and the African American nurses and every nurse. She will be missed, but her "bread crumbs" undoubtedly were left behind and will be seeds for growth in her absense.
Oh, my. What a special presence she was in our world. It seems there is no end to the impact Lois had in her too-short 81 years of life. I got to know her best in the last years of her extraordinary life. An exemplary alumna of our alma mater, Hampton University. She showed us that life is meant to be lived to the very end. A journey she took with her loving mate, Thad. A wise, gentle, kind voice has been silenced. And that is sad indeed.
Dear Thad and family:
I first met Lois when I was a young freshman arriving in Bellingham in 1963, all the way from Guyana. You, Lois and the family welcomed me into your home and even though we lost contact from time to time I have always remembered the warmth that you both showed me. I always enjoyed my conversations with Lois and I know she will be greatly missed by us all. She was a very classy lady.
Meeting Lois as our neighbor was a real gift- we won the neighbor lottery. In the years that our children were young both Lois and Sprat gave wise council, lots of humor and were examples of the best any of us can give to others. I mourn for a good friend lost and a family that is missing it's heart. But she left us all with an example to follow.
Lois was a multitalented woman who overcame much and who helped many. She will be missed.
It was my privilege to meet Lois when she was chair of the King County Board of Ethics. She was a gracious and eloquent leader, always determined to serve the public's interest. My condolences to her family.
It was a pleasure to be friends and classmates for almost sixty years. I am deeply sadden ,But I know you are with the Lord
It was a great privilege and joy to know Lois and to be able to work with her and with Thad for peace and justice as members of the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund and some years ago with the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Our heart-felt feelings go out to Thad and the whole family at this time of grieving for their great loss.
It was with great sadness that I read of Lois' death this morning. She was a remarkable woman - an effective activist in peace and justice. She was a woman with a kind heart, sharp intelligence and an instinctive sense of non-violent communication and action. She will be missed as a person and as a strong force in Seattle's peace and justice community. She will be missed by us and myriad others who knew her.
Our hearts go out to you and your family. Thalia Syracopoulos and Michael Gallagher
How privileged Kent and I feel to have met Lois and Thaddeus two years ago in Washington, D.C. The more time we spent with Lois and Thaddeus, the more impressed we became with their accomplishments, both personal and professional; and with the charming, caring, intelligent, insightful individuals they both are. We came late to this party, but we are so grateful for the privilege of getting to know Lois these past two years. To Thaddeus and the rest of the marvelous Spratlen family, we send our love and prayers.
I was sad to hear about Lois's death. My wife Georgia and I send our deepest condolences to Thad and the entire Spratlen family.
I was privileged to work with Lois while planning a conference at the UW. She was so forthright, sensible, and warm that I adored her from the very first day. I feel blessed to have known this amazing and wonderful woman.
My sincere condolences to the entire Spratlen Family on the loss of this great woman. I had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Spratlen twice on her visits to DC; I well remember her vitality and her graciousness. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Dearest Lois, thanks for a wonderful life together for 60 years and six months! I will keep you in loving memory as a devoted wife, remarkable mother, best friend, stellar colleague and outstanding role model for the way that you lived and died. Many who knew you will remember that you listened to your mother and followed her advice to "be yourself and do good." You would be pleased to know that as a family we now start our gatherings with the phrase: "In the spirit of Lois Price Spratlen" we are happy to have in our circle....."
Much love and appreciation,
Thaddeus H. Spratlen (4/06/13)
Dear Mother - You are gone, but will never be forgotten for your extraordinary love, courage, wisdom and accomplishments.