Lois Gail Liesch

Lois Gail Liesch, beloved wife of Blake, passed away at home in Campbell River, BC on November 6th, 2014, surrounded by her loving family whose care and support brought her joy. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at Sequoia Springs Country Club at 700 Petersen Rd, Campbell River, BC on Friday, November 14th at 1:00 p.m. to honour Lois and celebrate her life.

Lois is survived by her husband of 13 years, Blake, and their children and grandchildren: Dr. Shane Johnson (Heather) of Phoenix, AZ and their children Bobbi Jo (Matthew) and Ryan (Johanna); Shauna Johnson (Cam Millar) of Victoria and their children Skye (Scott) and Cole; Darcy Johnson of Nanaimo and her children Andrew (Jess), Brendan (Kyla), James and Rhiannon; Dawn Johnson (Philip Clarke) of Nanaimo; Leslie (Dan MacLennan) of Campbell River and their children Drew (Erin) and Zella; Reid Johnson (Janice) of Winnipeg and their children Olin (Carrie), Zachary (Jessica), Hollis and Shiloh; Jeanne (Rob Kyle) of Anmore, BC and their children Robyn and Adam; Andra Johnson (Gary Bradbury) of Taber, AB and their children Kate (Jonathan) and Emily (Eric); David Liesch (Benita) of Campbell River and their children Rebecca, Amanda and Kris. Lois is also survived by four beautiful great granddaughters; Ivy, Sienna, Summer and Nora who have been a joy in the final chapter of her life.

Lois was born October 31, 1934 in Dawson Creek, BC the eldest child of Grant and Dean Hoy. As a child she moved about with her family in the midst of the Depression, from subsistence living on the homestead in Groundbirch, BC to an inherited property on Lac La Nonne, Alberta. Sometime later they left for Edmonton in search of better opportunities, however, after a short time they returned to the Peace Country to run a country store in Baldonnel, BC. In her teen years they finally settled in Dawson Creek where Lois graduated from South Peace High School in 1953.

She married Richard Johnson in 1954 and began her first career as a farm wife and mother. While raising six children to be independent and adventurous, she also began a career in the social services field. Once her children were through high school, Lois went on to complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Victoria in 1986 followed by a Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary in 1992. Her counselling career led her to work in Williams Lake, Penticton and eventually Campbell River. She retired in 1999 as the Director of Campbell River Mental Health. During this period Lois enjoyed her life on Quadra Island.

When she moved to Campbell River in 2001 she married the love of her life, Blake Liesch and entered what she always referred to as her peaceful years. Lois and Blake gave generously of their time and love to their family. They enjoyed travelling abroad and many camping and fishing trips throughout BC. In retirement Lois volunteered her time and extensive experience by serving on the John Howard Society North Island Board of Directors. She was active with the Masters Swimming Canada and was an avid reader and lifelong learner.

Lois faced the challenges of her illness with courage, humour and grace and fully enjoyed her life to the very end.

The family is very grateful for the excellent care and kindness of Drs Kellerhals, Sullivan and Prinsloo. A special thank you is also extended to the palliative Home Care nurses, Lois’s wonderful pharmacist, Estelle, and all those who so lovingly supported Lois.

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