Nov. 10, 1935-June 16, 2018
Sutter Creek, California
Lois Mae Smith passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the age of 82. Lois is dearly remembered by her husband of 61 years, Bob and her children Ceci (and husband Lad), Marcus (and wife Irene) and daughter Allean. She will also be lovingly remembered by her brother Arlo. She was an amazing grandmother to Abby, Nate and Cozmo.
Lois Kurrle was born and raised in Pasadena, California where she completed her high school education a full year early. She graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's in Classics (again, a full year early). Shortly thereafter, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Smith. While raising the kids she pursued a master’s in Library Science at San Jose State which allowed her to enjoy a career in libraries in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She retired from Redwood City Library in 1998.
She was a creative, giving and thoughtful soul, always thinking of her friends and family and actively involved in improving her community. She founded and became the first president of Palo Alto Adolescent Services (now Adolescent Counseling Services) in 1975 which continues to this day to provide counseling and other services to troubled youth and their families.
She was also a fantastic cook. In the early '90s, when PCs were barely a thing, she self-published her favorite family recipes for all her children, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She never found a puzzle she couldn’t solve and rarely found an argument she couldn’t win. In her later years she enjoyed tracing her family history, collecting pictures and family trees going back several generations, particularly along her mother’s family, the Gravelines.