8/23/1924 – 4/28/2019
On April 28, 2019, Lois Nellie Tolliver Reimers, with family by her side, went peacefully to Heaven.
Born in Los Angeles, California on August 23, 1924 to Jerry and Ethyl Tolliver, Lois lived her entire life in California (Hollywood, Carpinteria, Thousand Oaks and Ventura) except for a year during the time when she proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
After the war, Lois married Jack Reimers, the brother of her best friend Ruthe, and had four sons during their 62-year marriage. Lois and Jack were devoted to each other and their sons, grandchildren and extended family. Lois also worked with Jack in several business enterprises over the years including time at Santa Claus Lane, Herald Examiner delivery and Triple L Bar Supplies.
Lois was an amazingly creative person, writing and publishing two books, “Our Child’s Roots” and “Hattie – She Was Wired Differently,” painting many subjects including trees, American Indians, birds, among others. She also dove extensively into genealogy and wrote poetry. Lois was the matriarch of the family for many years—the connection in her family and extended family to the greatest generation. She was the true example of love in every relationship. Her eyes were always on others rather than herself. She was patient, kind, generous, humble, courteous, unselfish, good tempered, sincere and rejoiced in truth. She always had a great smile! In spite of life’s disappointments, particularly the loss of sons Cliff and Jim and beloved husband Jack, she had an ever-optimistic spirit, writing at one time, “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” She encouraged all to “Have the courage to compromise, to settle a dispute by the partial surrender by each side.”
Lois is survived by son Jack and wife Eileen, son Tom and wife Chelsea, 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren! She was also very close with and touched the lives of her nieces and nephew who frequently visited from Arizona, Northern California, Oregon and Washington. There will be a memorial service at Carpinteria Cemetery on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. with military honor guard. A reception will follow at Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For questions or information, call Tom Reimers at (805) 218-4967.