Lois Maccannell Sorensen, 87, died Monday, July 1, 2013 at Creekwood Senior Home in Novato, CA, with her son Peter by her side.
Lois was born in 1926 in Boston to the late Alfred Bruce and Irene Maccannell. She is preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" Ward Sorensen. She is survived by her son Peter William Sorensen and his partner Charles Smith of San Rafael, CA, her brother Bruce "Mac" Maccannell of Clayton, DE, her extended family, and countless friends on both coasts.
A graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Roxbury, MA, Lois was a consummate humanitarian. She volunteered to aid World War II veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, tutored school children with learning disabilities, and co-founded Among Friends, a meal kitchen at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport, MA, where she was a member.
A lifelong artist and accomplished iconographer, Lois painted in both watercolors and oils. She enjoyed needlework, knitting prayer shawls with her church group, and weekly card nights with her friends. Lois was a feisty New Englander, proud breast cancer survivor, loving mother, and devoted friend. She will be fondly remembered for her wry sense of humor and boundless heart.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial potluck for Lois's California friends and family will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00 at the picnic tables at China Camp Village in China Camp State Park, San Rafael, CA.
A memorial service for Lois’s New England community will be held on August 17, 2013, at 11:00 am at St. Paul's Church, 166 High Street, Newburyport, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Among Friends at St. Paul’s Church: http://www.stpauls-nbpt.org/outreach/among-friends