Lancaster woman who was 'an example to many' passes away 10 days short of 105th birthday
Loving tribute has been paid to one of Lancaster's oldest residents, who devoted her life to her family and friends.
Lois Fielding Greenwood was just 10 days short of her 105th birthday when she passed away in the early hours of February 3 at Chirnside House in Scotforth.
Lois, formerly of Goodwood Avenue in Slyne-with-Hest, may have avoided the publicity of fellow centenarian Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died a day earlier, but nevertheless displayed similar traits throughout her life.
She was strong on principle, steadfast on morality – only the truth was entertained, and her many friends and family will readily testify that she was a loving caring person who always put herself second, to the benefit of others.
Lois was born in Shaw, near Oldham, on February 13 1916, while her father Edward was serving at the front in the Royal Field Artillery during World War One.
The eldest of five sisters, she helped her mother Nellie in looking after the family and honing her homemaking skills.
After a short time working at Mann’s in Newhey, near Rochdale, she met her future husband Fred and they married at St Paul's Wesleyan Chapel on August 1 1940. Lois then set about building her own home for her husband and children, Geoffrey and Mildred, once they were born.
They moved to Slyne in 1969 where they enjoyed many more years together, celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary in 2010.
Throughout their time together the Methodist Church and later the United Reform Church was a large part of their lives. They were church members at Torrisholme Methodist Church and later Hest Bank United Reform Church, which was nearer to home.
When Fred died in 2012, the members of the United Reform provided much care and solace to Lois as she continued to live in the family home until she was 101.
She then moved to Chirnside House where she enjoyed her remaining years. Both she and her family were so grateful for all the help and loving care she received, it was truly second to none.
There are many who may consider it a rather mundane life, but to her family, Geoffrey and Pat, Mildred and Andrew, her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, her many friends, and all who knew her, it was a life of devotion, friendship, thoughtfulness, and loving kindness.
To achieve this is no mean feat; Lois was an example to many, and she will be sorely missed.