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North Stonington - Lois Schumack Tefft Van Deusen, 90, of North Stonington, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

She was a lifelong conservationist and outdoor enthusiast. Lois was a founder, honorary director and life member of the Avalonia Land Conservancy, to which she donated the 76.8 acre Tefftweald at Birchenturn Nature Preserve in North Stonington. She was a founder and past president of the Westbrook Garden Club, director and secretary of the Connecticut Botanical Society and past president of the Ledyard Public Health Nursing Board, Ledyard Historical Society, Ledyard Conservation Commission, and Sprague Camera Club. In 1986, she was designated a "hometown hero" by the Ledyard Town Council.

Lois was a horsewoman for 35 years and led many groups on nature walks, hikes and canoe outings. For years, she taught natural history through her nature photography. Her love of adventure took her to the pyramids of the Yucatan, the volcanoes of Hawaii, the glaciers and wild rivers of Canada and Alaska, the Swiss and French Alps, the Great Wall of China, the Canadian Rockies and all 50 states.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas F. Tefft; and their son, Thomas H. Tefft.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Van Deusen; her daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Daniel Arpin; four grandchildren, Timothy Tefft, Katherine Allingham, Rebecca Stephens and Jonathan Tefft; her great-grandchildren; and her dear friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Avalonia Land Conservancy or the Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut in memory of Lois.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Allingham home, 182 Old Jewett City Road, Preston.
Published in The Day on Sept. 24, 2017
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