Lois passed away with her grandson Tristen and his mother, Judy Luna, by her side on January 3, 2022, at St. Josephs Hospital. Born March 22, 1943 to Domingo and Mary Silva, Lois was raised on a dairy farm in Blue Lake with her six siblings.

Lois graduated from Arcata High School, Class of ‘61, and attended Humboldt State following her graduation. She worked in the credentialing department at Humboldt State University until her retirement in June 2004. Lois and her husband Tom opened and operated the Alley Cat Bar and Restaurant in Eureka from 1969 to 1986.

Lois was an avid reader and could frequently be seen with her book or Kindle close by. She looked forward to the Horse Races at the Humboldt County Fair each year. Lois and her sister Arlene enjoyed annual trips to Reno and Tahoe to watch shows and gamble. She and her siblings held annual family reunions to gather and spend time together.

Lois loved her family and hosted many family holiday and birthday events over the years. Her ability to cook an amazing dinner for large groups so effortlessly was envied by many. She loved entertaining and opening her home to family.

Prior to their deaths, Lois provided support and care for her father, Domingo, mother-in-law, Barbara, husband, Tom, and brother-in-law, Joey. She was the grandma, aunt and great aunt who always had special treats and gifts awaiting for every occasion. She had the ability to make everyone feel extra special and all looked forward to going to see her for visits.

Lois was proceeded in death by her parents, husband Tom, sister Marge Cutone, and brother-in-laws, Mike Ladd, Mike and Joey Waters. She is survived by her son Tony, grandsons Tristen and Cooper; daughter Michele, son in law Tony and grandson Morgan, and step-grandchildren Tory, Loren and Brien. She is also survived by her siblings Joyce Ladd, Arlene Bacciocco, Betty Husting (Nick), Don Silva and Alice Hunt (Howard); sister-in-law Sally Sokoloski (Jerry), and brother-in-law Tim Waters and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Lois will be remembers for her laughter, beautiful smile, sense of humor and fun loving spirit. She was a treasured family member and loyal friend who will be missed by all who knew her. She never missed an opportunity to help someone out when needed. A private ceremony will be held at the Minor Mauseleum in Arcata. A Celebration of Life event is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 12 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Eureka, California. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of your choice.

Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts.


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