Lois Maureen LYNDS
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Lynds on Sept 23, 2023.
Born on June 24, 1957, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Lois was the middle child and only daughter to Don and Betty Mackenzie. As a young girl, she enjoyed dance and choir, and by high school, she had fallen for the love of her life, Audie.
Lois and Audie were inseparable since day one. After dating all throughout high school, they moved to Edmonton in 1981, got married in 1983, and by 1984, Lois gave birth to their first daughter, Chelsea Megan Lynds. In 1987, they welcomed their second daughter, Ashley Mackenzie Lynds, and in 1992, they bought their forever home.
To Lois, being a mother was one of her biggest accomplishments. She loved so strongly for not only her family, but her friends, and even acquaintances. Everyone who met Lois remembers her radiant smile and her positivity, support for all people, and her zest for life. She was what many people called the “sunshine” of their days. Audie also says that she was a little bit of a hurricane as well, which he can attest to.
Lois loved to go camping with her family. A few of her favorite spots were Carson Pagasus Campground, Buffalo Pound Lake, and Cypress Hills. She also loved to take road trips back to Saskatchewan with her girls (and Audie whenever he could get the time off), sometimes multiple times a year. Seeing her loved ones was so special to her, and she made sure they knew how loved they were.
Lois loved to read, sing, and dance. She loved dogs, knick-knacks, playing Yahtzee, (bingo and bowling were also big for her in the past), and shopping. Her girls have many fond memories of shopping trips with Lois. She would always be sure to include an extra treat (usually a chocolate smiley face from Purdy’s, a cookie from Cookies by George, or a frozen yogurt).
She spoiled her girls, but she also taught them the value of experiences over material things. An example of this would be their many trips to the local outdoor waterpark, back when it was still open. Lois and the girls would spend hours and hours together there, creating precious summer memories.
Audie and Lois attended many parties and events together for the radio station Audie worked for. Everyone has always said that Lois was the life of the party. She was a firecracker, and would talk your ear off with her long-winded stories. She wouldn’t leave out a single detail, but there was always a point to be made!
She only loved movies with happy endings. Lois was independent, but she was also a very thoughtful and sentimental woman. Audie says she wouldn’t let anything go, because there were memories attached. A trait she has passed down to her daughters, who are now very grateful to have so many beautiful memories. Lois was encouraging and considerate, and tried to make everyone feel good about themselves. Her family says this is one of the many reasons she was so loved.
Audie, Chelsea, and Ashley very much appreciate all the love and support they’ve been receiving from family and friends. The stories of the joy that Lois brought to everyone’s lives have been healing, in this hard time. The family wishes to hold a celebration of life at a later date (possibly spring/summer) and will be sure to post details as soon as they know more.