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Lois Loomis

Lois Ann Loomis passed away peacefully on July 13, 2010. Ann grew up on her family farm near Kellogg, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University, earning a BS degree in Related Science with an emphasis in food science and nutrition in 1949. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she served as president and made many life-long friends. She met her future husband, Bob Loomis, there in freshman chemistry class.

Ann had a short, successful career in food science working first for a dairy in Des Moines as a culture technician, then testing cake mix recipes at the Pillsbury Mills Company in Minneapolis and for the flavor analysis laboratory of Arthur D. Little in Boston.

Ann and Bob were married in 1951 and moved to Davis when Bob joined the faculty of the University of California in 1956. In their Elmwood home, Ann and Bob raised three daughters, enjoyed neighbors and hosted many visiting university professors and graduate students from around the world. Ann joined her husband on four sabbaticals during his tenure with UCD, living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Australia.

Ann loved classical music. She played piano and belonged to the Davis piano group. She also played in a neighborhood bridge group, served as the historian for the Davis Aquadarts and was a longtime friend of the Unitarian Church. Until her passing, Ann managed her familys farms. She had a very special relationship with her four grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Bob, daughter Susan Loomis of Tulsa, OK, daughter Sarah Paul and son-in law Rodney of Kensington, CA, daughter Caroline Loomis of Davis and grandchildren Alex, Thomas, Robert and Matthew May of Davis.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Anns memory may be made to the Davis School Arts Foundation, PO Box 4302, Davis, CA 95617, or to Davis Aquadarts, PO Box 186, Davis, CA 95617 or Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood (Honorary Giving).

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Dear Bo, I just read about this in the Enterprise online. I am so sorry to hear about Ann's death. I remember meals at your house and Ann was always such a gracious host. My sympathies. Angela Foin

Angela Foin Aug 8 2010 12:00 AM

My Great Aunt Lois Ann is a role model for everyone. She means so much to me and still continues to inspire me. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Nutrition from ISU in 1949, while so many women in that time didn't. She was a major influence for me to go back to college and finish my education. I've received an Associate's in Liberal Arts from DMACC and was recently accepted to Drake, along with a full tuition grant because of my academic achievements. Upon graduation from Drake I plan on entering the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Des Moines University. My inspiration to achieve my D.O remains my Grandpa Jerry and my Aunt Lois Ann. Lois Ann was essential in teaching that our education was the most important aspect of our intelligence, in that it can never be taken away. Along with her academic success, she has a beautiful family! Her three daughters are charming, intelligent, and they always have a smile. Her husband Bob is a genius and a professor, yet another fantastic exemplar for everyone. I will always remember our enjoyable summer picnics in Rushville. I love Ann and Poppy more than the world and they never leave my thoughts. Sincerely, Skyler Morris a.k.a. S2

Skyler M Aug 1 2010 12:00 AM

Aunt Ann holds a dear and loving spot in my heart. Some of my best memories are of when my Californian relatives would come to Iowa to visit the farm. We would share sweet corn and watermelon under the shade trees of Grandma's house in Rushville, all of us laughing and rejoicing in the Iowa summer, enjoying the company of distant yet familiar relation. She always encouraged me to educate myself and to get plenty of joy out of life, as I believe she did. I will miss my Great Aunt as much as I miss my Grandfather, and I hope I can make them both proud. Sincerely, J2

Gerald M Morris Aug 1 2010 12:00 AM

Aunt Ann is the nicest ,kindest person i've knew . If everyone was like her the world would be a better place!Our thoughts are with you!

Lindy Morris Jul 30 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Loomis Family, I just wanted to extend my condolences to everyone on Ann's passing. She was such a great substitute mom when I was in Davis and needed advice. And she always offered it with a wonderful sense of humor. I'm sorry I didn't get to see her often in recent years. Life gets so hectic until we have these little reminders of the important things. Much love, Elise

Elise Shibles Jul 29 2010 12:00 AM

Ann was such a pleasant, positive person. She was a strong supporter of our Elmwood Neighborhood Association. Ann felt very strongly that the Elmwood neighborhood was a special place and she worked to protect and preserve it. Even to the extent of opposing the introduction of the disproportionately large apartment building proposed by CACA. She was a good friend to Karen and I and we will miss her greatly.

Hugh and Karen Fowler Jul 27 2010 12:00 AM