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Lois Jackson Sorenson, 1934-2017

Lois Jackson Sorenson passed peacefully into her Savior’s loving arms on April 16, 2017, at the Golden Living Alzheimer’s Facility in Shafter.

She was born on April 17, 1934, in Grand Forks, N.D., to Clyde Jackson and Ruth Couch. She married Gerald Sorenson in 1953 in Glendale where they lived until moving to Bakersfield in 1980, then Tehachapi in 1987. Lois is survived by her children Gerald Sorenson, Julie Apathy, Ronald Sorenson and Joanne Foreshee; grandchildren Kristin Apathy, Shannon Neisler, Blake Foreshee, Ally Foreshee, Hailey Sorenson, Alan Sorenson, Gerry Sorenson and Eric Sorenson; and great-grandchildren Grayson and Ava Neisler. Lois is predeceased by husband, Gerald Sorenson, and son, Richard Sorenson.

Lois taught preschool, played the organ at church, enjoyed sewing, crafts, gardening, quilting and cooking. She loved her family and always showed kindness to others. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and loved being a part of their lives. Animals and pets always brought her so much joy and she made sure Joanne got the horse she wanted when they moved to Bakersfield.

In Tehachapi, Lois helped at her husband’s and son Ron’s architectural firm. She lost her husband in 1992, but continued to stay active by volunteering at the hospital thrift store and visiting elderly shut-ins. As her Alzheimer’s progressed, her children placed her in a residential home owned by Arlene Scharff. She attended Grace Fellowship in Tehachapi until moving to an Alzheimer’s facility in Shafter two years ago. As her mind deteriorated, she never forgot the old hymns, and loved singing them up until the end. Grandma Lois, we love and miss you, but know you are completely healed and restored, and we will be reunited with you in Heaven.

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