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.



  1. Marty Forbes

    Lois sent me several nice notes when I was in the hospital after my snowmobile accident earlier this year…guessing while she was fighting her own battle…which was the ultimate in kindness.  My thoughts are with Audie and the Family.  

    Marty Forbes 

  2. Jim Mackenzie

    Rest in peace my sister, love and hugs to Audie and my Princess’s . 

  3. Kevin Gallant

    My deepest condolences to you Audie and your family. May your soulmate rest in peace. She was such an amazing woman, someone you always remember. RIP Lois.

  4. Jamie Herbison

    Audie and Lois were such an incredible couple it’s like they had one name. You couldn’t mention one without the other. When Chelsea was born I asked Lois if she’d like some adult conversation and thus began the habit of bringing over cinnamon buns and chatting away. It’s still a cherished memory! She had a miraculous combination of iron will, fierce spirt, and such kindness and compassion. I share in the family’s loss

  5. Gloria Schwickrath

    So sorry for your loss,
    Our sincerest Condolences
    Audie, Chelsea, Ashley and families.

    Paul & Gloria

  6. Bev

    Dear Audie and girls, I send my sincere deepest sympathies. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Lois as an adult but I knew her in childhood, and we had many laughs and lots of fun together. She was one of my closest friends and I’m so glad we connected this year. When I read her obituary, I know every part is true, she was loving to the soul and fun in every way. So cute and beautiful inside and out. 

    I also look at her life she had with all of you and I think wow she had a pretty good life ,she was loved. She had a great family, a  loving husband for life, and a great relationship with her daughters. What more can you ask for. I am so glad that she had this. She’s so deserved all of it. Thank you for that. I will be thinking of you. I know grief is a tough journey. 🩷

  7. Gordon Graschuk

    So sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. She fought a brave battle with a great attitude. 

  8. Elwood & Vern Lynds Moose Jaw Sask.

    Most heartfelt condolences Audie & Girls in the passing of Lois. Elwood & Vern Lynds 

  9. Pat

    My condolences to your family. I remember visiting your family when all our kids were small. We met at Jasper National park and had a blast hiking and taking the gondola. I’m sure Lois, Doug and Wayne are watching over us now. 

    • Pamela Grayson

      What a beautiful and accurate tribute to Lois.

      Lois indeed was one of a kind. She was the most positive, kind, sincere, and inspirational person I have had the honor to know. A true ray of light despite her agonizing battle. She kept in touch after retiring and always had nice things to say. I could always count on Lois to leave an endearing comment on my Facebook posts. This is how we kept in touch!

      Lois, I hope you know how much you will be missed and how much of an impact you made on so many of us. I can only aspire to be like you. Rest in peace my dear friend.

      My sincerest condolences to you all.

  10. Jason Almeida

    Audie and Family, I am so sorry for the loss. Lois always showed me so much warmth and was always so encouraging, Lois will always have a place in my heart.  Truly know that you have my deepest condolences. If there’s anything at all you need or will be needing, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

  11. Debi Spurgeon

    I am remembering Lois from our days at Lymburn, and when I babysat Chelsea and Ashley. She always had the nicest smile! Sending hugs and sympathy to you all.
    May Lois dance with Angels 😇 
    Debi Spurgeon

    • Loretta

      Condolences to all the family and all Lois’s friends, she was a wonderful friend to me, always keeping in touch with me even once I retired, I will miss chatting with her, sending hugs to all, memories of Lois will always be with me 🤗❤️

  12. Sienna

    I have so many fond childhood memories of Lois. She would bring me over for lunch with the girls, pick me up from school where Ashley and I would play for hours. My mom and Lois grew a close friendship those years and I know that even as us kids grew they kept in touch. Lois always made time to check in, comment on pictures on social media, wish us all happy birthdays, wishes on holidays. She was a very special lady and will be missed. My thoughts and love go out to Audie and the girls. Love you all 

  13. Cheryl Davis

    Thinking of you at this most difficult time. She was an amazing woman and her absence will be felt tremendously. Hoping the wonderful memories of her will help ease your pain.

  14. Jeff Lumby

    The world just lost a lot of positive energy. My condolences to you all. Lois was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

  15. Nomie swanson

    Lois shared these sentiments with me when my mom passed in 2006. I am now sharing them with you as I feel they are so fitting in expressing my sentiments:
    Dear Nomie and Family, (Dear Ashley and Chelsea)
    We are are so sorry for the loss of your mother/grandmother, but we know that your wonderful memories of the awesome woman that “Auntie Mary” (dear sweet “Lois”) was will see you through your sorrow and eventually bring you many happy thoughts.
    Our love and prayers are with you all,
    Nomie Swanson & family

  16. Rüger Nicole

    When I met Lois, 31 years ago, we instantly had lot of fun and lot’s of laughter together. I still remember that time at her house, with her husband and the girls. It was so warm and filled with love.
    When I saw her 6 years ago at my son’s wedding, we had such good talks and laughter and we where happy to see each other again and not knowing it would be the last time.
    I am so sorry for your loss and my love goes out to Audie and the girls.

  17. Debbie Rosnes (Outram)

    So sorry to hear the passing of Lois. Thinking of you Audie and your family during this sad time. She was a wonderful friend and yes a firecracker. She will be missed.


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