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Arnesen (Whimster), Lois

February 5, 1928 - December 31, 2017


Lois Arnesen (nee Whimster) died suddenly in her home in Nelson, BC on December 31, 2017 after celebrating a joyous Christmas season with her family. We are grateful that she was independent, active and engaged in her community to the very end of her life.

Lois is survived by her children Vicki Huva (Terry), Randine Arnesen (Art Stock) and John Arnesen (Michele); her six grandchildren Qadesh (Dom), Emmanuel (Amy), Anisa (Trevor), Tessa, Arlin (Laura) and Asha.  She was so pleased to fulfill her wish to welcome her newest grandchild Gilbert, born last summer, who along with Colton, twins Peyton and Ilia and young grandchild Asha brought her much delight.  Lois enjoyed close relationships with all her nieces and nephews Janet Griffiths, Jeri Griffiths, Brian Whittred (Jenny), Julie Whittred (Ward) and with Asha’s mother Kirsten Bunton. Her parents were long-term Nelson residents Bert and Jeanne Whimster; she was also predeceased by her sister Muriel Griffiths, her sister-in-law Molly (Arnesen) Whittred and her dear friend Norm Bedard.

Lois was born in Nelson, BC on February 5, 1928.  Her childhood brimmed with happy memories of riding the trolley cars, hiking in Kokanee Park, dancing on the Moyie and summers spent at “No Eats”, the family cottage on Kootenay Lake.  Lois excelled at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Preventative Medicine and Bacteriology and much later earned a teaching certificate from Notre Dame University in 1970. Always interested and curious, she continued her love of learning throughout her life taking courses at Notre Dame University / David Thompson University Centre and more recently through the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), Learning in Retirement, Nelson’s literary festivals and the MIR Centre for Peace among others.  Trips with friends to Greece, Egypt, Israel, S.E. Asia, Turkey, Russia and Europe captivated her, but no more so than exploring BC and her beloved Kootenays.  Lois worked for 16 years as a certified dental assistant at Dr. Bedard’s office. For 21 years, newcomers to Nelson were enthusiastically welcomed by Lois who greeted them through Welcome Wagon and Baby Welcome, alongside Edna Whiteley and Francis Welwood.

Lois loved and was very proud of her community of Nelson and served it well. She volunteered with many organizations over the years, most recently CFUW, Touchstones Nelson, Nelson Overture Concerts Society and the Capitol Theatre.  She was honoured as Citizen of the Year in 2012.

Family gatherings were frequent and always a highlight for Lois. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends at the numerous activities in which she participated including bridge, book club, church events and CFUW.

In lieu of flowers, Lois suggested a donation to the CFUW Nelson & District Scholarship Fund, Box 4, Procter, BC V0G 1V0 or contact Cathy Leugner, President at nelsoncfuw@gmail.com or to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View St., Nelson BC, V1L 2V1, phone 250-354-2334

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 2 pm at the Nelson United Church. Online condolences may be offered at www.thompsonfs.ca/obituaries


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Tim Lewis
Relation: She was my dad's cousin

From the Lewis family of Morris, Manitoba I would like to express our sincere sympathy on the loss of Lois. I know she will be missed greatly.

From: Tim Lewis
Relation: She was my dad's cousin

From the Lewis family of Morris, Manitoba I would like to express my deepest sympathy. I know Lois will be missed greatly.

From: june spearman
Relation: friend

I am so very saddened to hear of Lois’ passing. She was always such a friendly face around town.. and my Welcome Wagon lady who made me feel so welcome in my new community. She will be so missed

From: Willa & Harold Horsfall
Relation: United Church Member

Our sincere sympathy to all her family members. Lois was an amazing woman and always impressed us with her dignity and style. We will miss her smile and friendship.

From: Beatrice Shumey
Relation: I knew her through CFUW Nelson & District

My sincere condolences to Lois`s family at this sad time. I felt privileged to know Lois through CFUW which she played such a big roll in, from being a founding member over 50 years ago, to writing our club`s history as well as making much of it. I will fondly remember her and was happy that I did get the opportunity to hear her stories and have her as a mentor in CFUW. She was always very kind to me and others. May she rest in eternal peace. Bea Shumey

From: Paul Jorgensen
Relation: Family friend

I would like to send my sincere sympathy to John, Randy, Vicky, and the rest of the family for the loss of their mother. I have many memories of spending time in the Arnesen household while growing up in Nelson. It wasn’t not obvious to me at the time, but looking back, I will always think of Lois to be an amazing example of someone who faced challenges with absolute bravery and perseverance. It was nice to read about all her great accomplishments and experiences. I can see she will be greatly missed.

From: Colleen Driscoll
Relation: friend

Lois was an amazing person. Nelson will not be the same without her positive, giving and generous nature….Our condolences to all her family…thinking of you sincerely – Colleen and Robin

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: From seeing her around Nelson

My condolences Randine on the passing of your Mom. Will keep you and your loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Kara Witcher
Relation: Randine was my worker when I gave birth to my daughter in 1985, it is through her that I met the family and of course Lois.

You were the picture of Grace and Dignity. Always the most refined and graceful one in the room. I send my Condolences to all the immediate family. With Blessings and Love……Kara Witcher

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
January 27, 2018
Beginning at 2:00pm

Nelson United Church

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, Lois suggested a donation to the CFUW Nelson & District Scholarship Fund, Box 4, Procter, BC V0G 1V0 or contact Cathy Leugner, President at nelsoncfuw@gmail.com or to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View St., Nelson BC, V1L 2V1, phone 250-354-2334

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