WHITE STONE—Lois Nagle Faulkner was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 1930, and passed away, surrounded by family, in her home on September 17, 2021.
She is predeceased by her husband, Norman L. Faulkner; and her son, Douglas E. Faulkner.
She is survived by her son, Norman F. Faulkner (Michele); her daughters, Susan F. Tempest (Michael) and Karen F. Wise (David); her daughter-in=law, Michele D. Faulkner; her sister, Suze McDonald Letchford; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Lois grew up in Erie, one block away from her future husband whom she started dating as a teenager. She attended Academy High School where she was a majorette, and after graduation married Norm.
Norm’s career initiated a pattern of relocations which took them to New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Texas and finally Virginia. No matter where they landed, they were always drawn to water, whether it was lakes, bays or oceans. Lois loved boating. She would pull her children water skiing, sail on the catamaran with her dog, and sail with Norm under full moons on the Rappahannock. It was their love of water, and eating crabs, that drew Lois and Norm to the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Lois (Lola as she was called by her grandchildren) loved living in the Northern Neck with her husband, Norm. Perched on a point of the Rappahannock with an expansive view of the bridge and a perfect perspective for watching sunsets, the two of them would sit hand in hand (a glass of wine in the other hand) and watch the sun slide low in the sky, illuminating clouds and water with blazing blends of colors and hues. They never tired of the view and wished to spend all their final days in that house with one another—which they were able to do.
Lois never met a stranger and would smile and talk to everyone as if she had known them all her life. She was quick with a compliment or kind word and made everyone feel that they were special. Even from the early days of the Buoy Food and Deli in White Stone, Lois enjoyed working with the staff and interacting with all the customers.
However, as much as she loved people, it was animals, especially dogs, that were her passion. She always had dogs and loved them as much as they loved her. Lois was active in the Animal Welfare League for years and co-founded Friends of the Shelter to save dogs and cats from euthanasia.
Whenever anyone would visit her home, Lois made sure they would leave with a gift. It might be a baked good, flowers, vegetables from the garden, or something little she thought they might like. So, in lieu of flowers or donations, make someone feel special, give them a little gift, a big smile, or a gentle word, hug a dog, and think of Lois this evening when you watch the sunset paint the sky.
A private memorial service for family will be held at her home followed by a service in Erie, where Lois and Norm will return to the place where they were born and raised, fell in love and married, and started a family who will continue their legacy for generations to come.
The family would like to thank Riverside Hospice, Djenabou Yattara and Frances Butler for taking such good care of our mother.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.