Lois Souza, age 88, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2016 at the Oakdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center with her family by her side. Lois Mearl Harrell was born on October 27, 1927 to Miller Rainey Harrell and Pearl Faye Gray in Berkeley, CA. Lois graduated from El Cerrito High School and moved to Oakdale, CA after high school where she met and married the love of her life, Tony Souza on July 1, 1950 in Reno, NV. Lois is preceded in death by her husband, Tony Souza and her brother Tom Harrell. She is survived by her four children, Julie Rivera of Oakdale, Jeanne (Mike) Holman of Escalon, Jill Souza of San Francisco, and Tom Souza of Oakdale. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Greg (Cyndi) Rivera, Alicia (Lance) Johnstad, Rodney (Kari) Rivera, Lacy (Scott) Feichter, Ivy (Manuel) Schwanker, Cody (Mandi) Ronngren and Tony Souza, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She will be greatly missed.
There will be a celebration of life on April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Community Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar Ave., Oakdale. Our family would sincerely like to thank Dr. Mahida and the staff at Oakdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Their care and compassion will always be appreciated and remembered.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
April 6, 2016