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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.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 17 to Jun. 19, 2011.
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June 10, 2018
I just found an old business card with Lois's name. She represented my vintage glass earrings and other pieces. She was always supportive and offered suggestions to build my small business. I wasn't a big money maker but that didn't matter to her. I hadn't been in touch with her since about 1985, but I will not forget her help.
Andrea Cypress
Coworker
July 17, 2011
Hi Mike and Family. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. And at the same time, I'm so happy that you were able to be there with her at her last breath. It is such an honor and a privilege to be there for our loved ones, especially our parents, at that moment in their lives. I, too, was there for my mom three years ago and my dad a year ago. It's still hard to conceive that they're no longer here with us. But I do cherish the life and the legacy that they left behind for us. Your mom sounds like she was a wonderful person and full of life. Now that is passed on to you and your children. Always remember her vibrant spirit and she will visit you through your memories of her. Something will always remind you of her and make you smile. Thank you for sharing your mom with us. You and your family are in my prayers. Carolyn Billups (San Diego, CA)
July 5, 2011
Dearest Mike and Family, My heartfelt sympathy to you..may you soon feel and know the peace your incredible mother now has. I enjoyed reading about her and her wonderful life. Cathy Lee, Danville, CA
July 4, 2011
Mike and family,

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your amazing mother. Your heart-felt, inspiring tribute to her remarkable talents, zeal for life and family truly touched me. It's so fortunate you were able to be with her and embrace all the opportunities to share her journey. As difficult as it was and will be, I'm positive she appreciated every moment as much as you did.

Thank you for sharing this excruciatingly personal experience with the online audience.
Stacy
July 3, 2011
Mike, sorry to hear the loss of your mother. I can tell by your writing that your mother was a great person a legacy to live on and thanks for sharing your experience with us. Sincerely M.B
Maria Balcorta
July 3, 2011
Mike, sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember the good times you share, it definitely helps. I lost my mom in 2002. The first year is the hardest, each year it gets a bit easier. I find there are always so many good memories, it definitely helps me. Best wishes.
Diane O'Shaughnessy
July 2, 2011
Passionate, proud, enthusiastic, bold, funny, independent are just some of the wonderful words used to describe your mother. She was lucky to have you as a son, and there for her departure to the unknown. I too held my father's hand (22 years ago) and watched him leave us. It was truly as you described it, a very mysterious and powerful experience. It made me realize that our body is definitley only a package, our soul is what truley defines us as living beings. This was so apparent to me when I looked into my father's beautiful blue eyes in his final moment. It was as if someone had turned off the lights; his soul had left us. Although his physical being still remained, the life energy had move on.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, may your mother be living an even better "life" in that unknown place.

I've met you once at a seminar in Vancouver BC's Sport's Arena (Roger's Arena), where you spoke to the employees, and have enjoyed reading your articles ever since. Thank you, Sandra Marino
Sandra Marino
July 2, 2011
Mike, My mom passed away in April of this year. I know the pain, sorrow, sadness, relief, and mixed emotions you're going through. Thanks for writing so eloquently about your mom - obviously a great lady! Sincerely, John Morrissey, (Wells Fargo, Omaha)
June 30, 2011
Mike,
I am so grateful that your mom gave us such an amazing man as yourself. I am grateful I was able to meet her a few times and
I know she presence will be missed by many. Much love, Sheila
Sheila Providenza
June 30, 2011
Dear Mike,
I knew something special must have been happening for you since I hadn't received your newsletter lately. I want to send my compassion and Light to you and your family. It is a shocking but powerful experience to lose a parent. I know we each have our own rhythm to heal. Take all the time you need. You work always inspires me. I am sure that was a gift you received from your mom.
Warm regard,
Louise Cohen, www.PositiveAttitudeCoaching.com
June 30, 2011
Lois sounds like the kind of person I would love to have known.
Kristine Axiotis
June 30, 2011
Dear Mike, No words can ever fully express the sorrow the loss of a loved one brings. Although I did not have the privledge of meeting or knowing your mother, she undoubtedly had a significant positive role in your life. May faith, family and friends, together with many fond memories, be a source of comfort to you and your families in this time of sorrow. With sympathy and in friendship.
Victor
June 23, 2011
Love you Lois! You were a damned good mom ... among many other things!!!!! Hope you are living it up 'on the other side'! Love, Rach
June 20, 2011
Sending lots of love to you (Mike) and Lori as you express your grief whole heartedly, feel your feelings, and honor the wonderful spirit that was Lois.
Lara and Johnny Fernandez
June 20, 2011
I hadn't seen Lois since I was a child, when I would visit my best friend, her daughter, Lori. I remember thinking that Lois was one of those "cool" moms. She was always welcoming, and kind. Most of all, I remember how funny she was. I will also carry the memories of she and my mom sitting around talking about NYC, where they both grew up. "Back East this, and back east that" was all I heard. I'd give anything to hear them chat again.

To Lori and Mike - take comfort in knowing that your mom is still watching over you, and your families. I know she will forever be in your hearts.
Donna Davis
June 19, 2011
What a wonderful woman, mother and grandmother. A very fitting tribute. She is an inspiration to all of us.
Val Sheehan
June 17, 2011
Lori and Mike,
I hope you know what a special lady your mom was-she was such a big supporter of GGP and me. BEA jsut won't be the same without her. My heart goes out to both of you. Love, Kathleen
Kathleen Caldwell
June 17, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
Frank & Mary Bliven
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