Lois Raisin Brinck, of El Macero, California passed away at the age of 76 on January 31, 2008. She struggled valiantly against cancer and left us peacefully at the side of her loved ones in Davis, California.
Lois is survived by her four children: Suzanne Brinck Malone of Diablo, California, William Peter Brinck of Seattle, Washington, Lizabeth Chovanes of Orinda, California, and Jincy Nielson of Saratoga, California; her sister Sue Ritchie and brother-law John Ritchie of San Francisco; her brother John Chip Raisin of Southern California; as well as her brother-in-law John Brinck and his wife Diane of Palm Desert, California; and ten grandchildren, Kate Malone Jackson, Drew Brinck, Evan Malone, Bryte Nielson, Ted Chovanes, Jack Brinck, Bo Nielson, Tom Chovanes, Holden Malone and Hannah Nielson.
Lois was born in San Francisco on April 4, 1933. She grew up in Hillsborough, California and attended Burlingame High School. She then went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley where she was active in her Delta Gamma sorority. It was here that she met and fell in love with her college sweetheart and future husband, William George Brinck, Jr., who also attended Cal.
Lois and her husband Bill enjoyed their leisure time traveling and being with friends. She was able to partition from her busy schedule the time necessary to become an avid bridge and tennis player. Through her efforts, a sorority system was implemented at UC Davis. She was also active in the Republican Party.
One cannot adequately define Lois without an appreciation of her humor. If laughing is considered the gift of respite, she was always anxious to give or receive it. Brightening lifes vicissitudes or easing the strain of outstretched days, it was her willing companion as she was ever able to make light of the worlds serious travails. It was from this gaiety that spring her many friends who thoroughly enjoyed her company.
It is said of Lois that she never missed an activity or sports event of her children. If she was not present, her spirit by proxy would pay a visit. She was always encouraging and thoughtful--proud of whatever achievements they were able to secure.
She found much meaning and subsistence in her many friends. Lois was always willing to cultivate them with her time and exuberance.
Lois loved to entertain and was a consummate hostess. She reveled in family gatherings, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the banter and liveliness of all gathered. She passed this zest onto her children.
She conferred much love upon her family and grandchildren, but her true sanctuary was her husband Bill. Their souls intertwined in an undeniable way and she depended upon him for a nurtured grasp of life.
She will be loved and missed deeply by all.
A celebration of her life will be held on February 16, 2008 at the noon hour, located at 33 BistroCity Hall, Davis, California. Her charities of choice are the American Cancer Society and the Yolo County Hospice.