Lois A. Huggins, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on July 14, 2021 at the age of 86. She is survived by her daughter Vicki of The Villages, FL; son Steve and daughter-in-law Lynn of Andover, MA; two grandchildren, Danielle and Shane; and great-granddaughter Lola, whose name represents a loving tribute to Lois and to Sheila McGovern, Danielle’s maternal grandmother. Lois also leaves behind sister-in-law Dorothy Beyer; travel companion and confidant Ed Stephenson; and many other wonderful friends.
Lois was born in the spring of 1935 to Frederick and Gertrude Beyer. Soon after her birth the Beyers relocated to Bradley Beach, NJ. Lois, a self-proclaimed Jersey Girl, loved the Jersey Shore and lived there her whole life before moving post-retirement to Florida’s west coast. Lois was the last of her parents’ three children and admittedly the most spoiled! Not only was she the only girl in the family, Lois was the baby sister of her brothers Bob and Fred, who were 7 and 10 years older, respectively. Fortunately, Lois discovered the love of her life, Frank Huggins, at a young age. They were married for nearly 48 years until Frank’s passing in 2003.
An ideal day for Lois would start on the beach in Avon, NJ in mid-summer, laughing and storytelling with family and friends. It would include long walks by the ocean’s edge, surf-watching, and beach chair realignments to coordinate with the shifting sun. Under no circumstance would Lois allow her hairdo to be imperiled by the ocean’s spray. Beach time would be followed by a clothes shopping trip. Shoe-loving Lois always was meticulous about her appearance and was most proud of the outfits she assembled scouring the clearance racks at Marshalls. Sharing tomato pies at Vic’s Italian Restaurant with her family and curling up with a romance novel on her corner of the couch would bring Lois’s ideal day to a perfect close.
Lois was energized by social interaction. Who else would emerge from every solo plane trip exchanging phone numbers with their new best friend? No one was more loving, caring and generous. Lois was an active member of her church and an eager volunteer at her local hospital, comforting patients and their families.
Lois’s cremated remains will be scattered over the Gulf of Mexico, enabling her to reunite with her beloved Frank. Donations may be sent in memory of Lois to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org) and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (alzfdn.org).