The amazing Lois Allison (lovingly know as Gaga to friends and family) age 96 passed away 12/18/ 2020 peacefully of natural causes at Sarah House (hospice home) in Santa Barbara, California. Born 9/15/1924 in Staten Island New York to Gladys and Frank Foggin. During WWII Lois joined the Cadet Nurse Corps and graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in NYC. She married Bill Allison in 1950 and the couple moved to Syracuse, N.Y. where their two children Nan and Glen were born. She had a long career as an RN which included nursing instruction, counseling at Planned Parenthood and volunteering at an Episcopal medical clinic in Honduras.
In 1976 Lois made the move west to live in Sun Valley, Seattle and Santa Barbara. Lois was famous as the creator of “Sun Valley Mustard” in 1984 and recognized as a talented artist spanning 40+ years. She loved painting outdoors and captured flowers, mountains, rivers and animals in pastel and watercolor. Her work was shown locally in Idaho and California and did numerous commissions of friend’s beloved pets. Lois often packed her effervescent smile and sketch book to travel many places around the globe. She made friends everywhere, capturing people and places in creative writing and art journals. Lois was active in sports; tennis, golf, downhill and cross-country skiing, biking, even lawn bowling and especially swimming. She loved beaches and was an avid pool swimmer into her 90’s! Her enthusiasm and enduring positive spirit kept her active and social with friends and fellow artists in Santa Barbara in her later years. Lois loved a party. Being involved with Santa Barbara social and dining clubs ,art groups and volunteering kept her calendar full. Her family and friends will miss her dearly, but will strive to follow her example and embody her zest for life.
Preceded in death by husband Bill Allison (1974) and sister Nancy Jordan. Lois is survived by daughter, Nan Allison-Stone, husband Larry Stone, and grandson Travis. PO Box 1331 Sun Valley, Id. 83353 Son, Glen Allison, wife Kelly , granddaughters, Josie and Laine. Niece, Sally Jordan, New York
Lois wanted a party following the memorial service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Sun Valley, Idaho, where her ashes will be interred. The family will plan the celebration of life later in the summer of 2021 and all are invited.