- October 27, 1936 - November 12, 2016
- Norcross, Georgia
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Lois Jean, age 80, of Norcross, GA passed away suddenly on November 12, 2016. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she remained there until she was six years old , when she moved to New York City with her Mother. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1954. In November 1957, she hit the jackpot and married her husband of 58 years, Edward Francis Dion. After remaining home to raise five children Lois returned to school in her thirties and received a nursing degree from Queensborough College in 1973. Throughout her career she served as a Registered Nurse at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City, the VA hospital in Atlanta, and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She went on to become a private duty nurse caring for terminally ill patients. In addition to nursing, her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and led her to start a few different side businesses: M&M Enterprise Video Games in the ‘80’s and Initial Impressions Monogramming in the ‘90’s.
Lois will always be remembered by anyone who met her as the “Queen of Fun”. She never met a stranger, always had a story or opinion to share, rarely missed a party, had an infectious laugh (cackle), thrived on chaos, enjoyed “risking it all” in the stock market or a nearby casino, and loved travelling cross country like a gypsy visiting family and friends with her best friend “Driver Ed”.
Lois is survived by her husband Ed, and their six children: Michelle Kiernan and her husband, Patrick of Colorado Springs, CO; Mary Beth Taylor and her husband Mark of Franklin, TN; Eddie and his wife Sue of St. Paul, MN; Suzanne Ballow of Woodstock, GA; Mike and his wife Laura of Chanhassen, MN, and Danielle of Phoenix, AZ; as well as fourteen grandchildren ranging in age from 30 down to 2 (Scott, Melanie, Brad, Carter, Madison, Annie, Edward, Stephen, Colleen, Evan, Elyse, Tristian, Brady, and Brynn).
For those who are so inclined, please briefly provide your favorite Lois "fun story" to be viewed and shared among family and friends as we all celebrate her wonderful life. Online condolences may be made at hmpattersononoglethorpe.com
The family will receive friends and family at H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, Atlanta, on Monday November 21st from 5 – 7pm. A Catholic mass will be conducted at Our Lady of The Assumption Church on Tuesday November 22nd at 11am .
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lois’ memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjudes.org