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Lois Godfrey

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By The Staff

Lois Godfrey was born in March 1928, in Cambridge, Mass., and died Nov. 26, 2007, in Boulder, Colo., after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Lois attended the University of Michigan, and graduated from Simmons College, Boston, with a degree in library science. She married Tom Godfrey in 1950, and they moved to Los Alamos, N.M., in 1954, where their daughter was born in 1955. Lois worked at the LANL library until her retirement, and co-authored the Dictionary of Report Series Codes, two editions. She devoted her life to her family, and her spare time to volunteering with the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, the Special Libraries Association and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. After retirement, she also volunteered at Sombrillo nursing home.Lois loved gardening, and shopping at the Farmers Market. She firmly believed in recycling, and was interested in sustainable living. She baked her own bread and repeatedly won ribbons for it at the county fair. Lois enjoyed elegant clothes, and was fortunate to live at a time when people dressed up to attend church, the theater, concerts and the opera, and to go out to dinner. She was known as a hostess of elegant cocktail parties and dinners for 12 with china, crystal, lace and candlelight. Even family dinners were usually by candlelight, with fresh flowers from the garden on the table.Lois enjoyed traveling, whether camping trips to this country's beautiful National Parks, or cruises offered by the Smithsonian Institution. When at home, she devoured mystery stories and kept abreast of world affairs by NPR and Public Television.In 2001, Lois and Tom moved to a retirement home in Boulder, where they attended concerts and lectures at the University of Colorado, and joined St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. Lois became interested in genealogy, using the Internet as her main resource, and kept in touch with her many lifelong friends via e-mail. She moved into a nursing home in 2006.A memorial Eucharist will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at St. Mary Magdalene in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos or to KVOD public radio (KVOD.org), which kept her company with classical music for the last year-and-a-half of her life. Lois is survived by her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Janet Elizabeth.