Lois Dempsey Robbins Passed away on Monday, June 13th from cancer. A Westerly, Rhode Island native, she graduated from Tufts University, and then lived and worked in New York City. Lois passed through San Francisco in the mid-sixties, fell in love with the area, and never left. She has been a proud Oakland resident since 1969. Lois had an unbridled enthusiasm for many things - art, opera, baseball, fashion, restaurants, film, musical theater, Paris, reading - and loved to introduce others to anything new and wonderful from these worlds. She was a passionate, bold, independent, and funny person, ever eager to be a part of exciting cultural events. Lois held many jobs in a variety of fields - including PE Teacher, Recreation Director, Homemaker and Meeting Planner. Thirty years ago, she began her career as an accessories representative working with artists and companies from around the world. It was this entrepreneurial endeavor that brought her the most professional success and fulfillment, and where she made many lasting friendships. Above all, the biggest passion and joy of her life was being a mom to two her children Lori and Mike, and a grandma to her three granddaughters Emilia, Samantha, and Rosie. Lois is also survived by her daughter-in-law Michelle, sisters Carol & Adele, brother-in-law Steve and her devoted nieces and nephew Lyn, Cathy, Sue, Pam, Michaela and Adam. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to KQED.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 17 to Jun. 19, 2011.