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March 13, 1925 - Feb. 3, 2013
Lois Irene Johnson passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her three children.
Lois was born to Claus and Margaret Johnson on March 13, 1925, in Denver, Colo., the first of three children and the only daughter. She spent most of her early life in Columbus, Ohio, where her father worked as a design engineer for a mining machinery company. Lois graduated from North High School and The Ohio State University, with a major in fine arts. She also spent a year at the Art Institute of Chicago, which was an experience she always valued as a highlight of her formal education. It was during this time that she dated and married Harry A. Ackley, whom she knew as a student at North High. The couple was wed in 1946 and moved to Texas then to California, to follow job and educational opportunities. They eventually settled in Sacramento where their two daughters, Gloria Jean and Peggy Jo, were born, and then in 1956, moved to Woodland, where their son Harry Steven was born.
Lois and her husband were divorced in 1977, but she remained in Woodland for the rest of her life. Over the years, she owned and managed The Flower Girl and Friday's Child florist and gift shops. In addition to her floral talents, Lois was a highly skilled seamstress, knitter and crafter, as well as a poet. Music also gave her great joy throughout her life. She was manager of the Woodland Opera House, where she oversaw its restoration phase, and later worked as secretary and office manager at St. John's Church United Church of Christ. During early motherhood, Lois was president of the Dingle School PTA, a Girl Scout troop leader, director of the Christian Church children's choir and very proud to be a founding member of the Woodland Planning Commission. She was also active in the P.E.O. and Shakespeare Club, and enjoyed traveling and gardening. Most importantly however, Lois treasured her time as a loving grandmother to her four grandchildren.
Lois is survived by her daughters Gloria Jean De Luca (Randy) of New York City, Peggy Jo Ackley (Fred Mosher) of Petaluma and Harry Steven Ackley of San Jose; Peggy's son Max, and Steven's children Cedric, Cleo and Adrian; and her brother Kenneth Johnson of Saratoga.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fourth & Hope (formerly the Yolo Wayfarer Center), The Woodland Opera House,
A memorial service for Lois will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 - which would have been her 88th birthday - at The United Methodist Church, 212 Second St., Woodland.
Published in Daily Democrat from Feb. 15 to Mar. 15, 2013