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Lois Virginia (French) Downs

Posted 2018-02-10 by mhenderson
Today's News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, AZ -
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 -

Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lois V. Downs
passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at the age of 81. Lois was born in
Los Angeles to Edwin and Rosamond French, followed by two brothers,
John French and Glen French.

Lois grew up in Montebello and graduated from Montebello High School
in 1952. She married Ernest Wetzel in 1952 at the Santa Barbara
Mission. They had three children, David, Karen and Denise. Lois was
tragically widowed in 1970. Lois married Richard Downs in 1978. Lois
and Richard loved living on their ranch in Paso Robles, Calif. until
his passing in 2007. Amazingly, Lois passed the same date as Richard,
exactly eight years later.

Lois is survived by her son, David (Judi) Wetzel; her daughter, Denise
(Bill) Tuminaro; two beloved step-daughters, Debra (Richard)
Richardson and Julie (Danny) Montes; her brothers, John (Judy) French
and Glen (Joyce) French. Lois tragically lost her daughter, Karen
Snell, son-in-law, Darryl and infant grandson, Darryl Jr. in 1980.
Lois is also predeceased by her step-daughter, Deanna Wesley.

Lois is survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with
her 12th great-grandchild on the way.

In 2013, after partial recovery from a debilitating stroke, Lois moved
to Lake Havasu City with David and Judi for medical care. While in
Lake Havasu City, Lois volunteered at Hospice of Havasu and the Lake
Havasu Cancer Center where she met her dear friend, Bobbi Hobbs, a
fellow volunteer. The family extends deepest thanks to Bobbi for her
compassion and guidance as well as being by Lois’ side until the end.
We will miss you so much, Mom and Grandma.

Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and

Thoughts and condolences may be sent to the Downs family at www.lietz-

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