Born October 16, 1935 in Fredericton, NB, Lois died Monday, September 12th, 2022.  Survived by her sons Andrew Campbell of Montreal and Graham Campbell (Kristen) of Newark, OH, her daughter Sarah Campbell Besso, two special grandsons, Nicolas and Charles Besso, of Laguna Beach, CA; stepsons, Michael and Todd McAlary of Mississauga, ON, four McAlary grandchildren, Nicole, Taylor, Sean, and Mason, and three nieces, Karen Hine of Fredericton, Audrey Peake of Halifax and Iris Frazer of Sackville. Predeceased by her husband Eric B. McAlary, sister Marjorie Hine of Truro, NS and her first husband Donald G. Campbell of Montreal.

After graduating from Fredericton HS and attending UNB, Lois moved to Montreal and engaged in investment banking.  Lois pursued volunteer activities with the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf and the Junior League.  She returned to university, achieving a BA from Concordia and then a Masters in Counseling Psych from McGill.  Lois opened her counseling practice in Montreal and taught at Concordia.  In 1984, she married Eric McAlary and moved to her beloved Kamloops, BC. She resumed her counseling career and volunteered with the MS Society, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kamloops Human Science and Services Society and the CanGo Grannies.  She also started the Kamloops Osteoporosis Support Group.  Lois and Eric loved the outdoors and spent many hours searching for birds on Kamloops Naturalist Club field trips and around the continent and abroad.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kamloops Naturalist club via CanadaHelps.org.

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8 Tributes

  1. Mason McAlary
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Rest in Peace Lois. You were loved by many xoxo.

  2. Peggy & Peter Knowlt
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    We are very sorry to learn of Lois’s passing.
    We knew her well from early days at UNB in Fredericton and later on for several years in Montreal and Rosemere with many occasions on Morris Island.
    Sincere condolences to all the family.
    May Lois rest in peace.

  3. Brenda Jensen
    Posted September 20, 2022 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to learn of Lois’s passing.
    I knew her well and helped her with her travel arrangements to visit her daughter and oh how she was so proud of those grandboys. Sincere condolences to the family.

  4. Win
    Posted September 26, 2022 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I met Lois at yoga. She was a wonderful, gracious lady. May memories of her sustain you as you mourn her death.

  5. Iris Bliss
    Posted September 26, 2022 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Lois is an old friend from high school and university days. But we also met many times as adults, in our various living places, joyful times, school reunions and in many friendship renewal visits. She was upbeat, positive and always saw the best in people and friends. I was shocked and surprised to hear of her passing; it made me very sad. My best to her children and grandchildren.

  6. John Kemp
    Posted October 5, 2022 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I delivered to Lois for many years, and was saddened to hear of her passing, my condolences to family and friends on their loss. Rest in Peace, Lois, thank you for always having a smile and a kind word for me.

  7. Diane Waugh
    Posted October 6, 2022 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I worked in the Tutor Village office with Lois for four years. Her warmth and graciousness was always apparent. I loved her dry sense of humor and that sparkle she had in her eye when she was amused. She was so proud of all of you and like all grandmothers, inordinately proud of her grandsons. I didn’t see much of her for a number of years but I thought of her often. I was so saddened to learn of her passing, she will be missed!

  8. Sandra Tully
    Posted October 9, 2022 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry to learn of Lois’s passing. We were neighbours for a few years before Eric and Lois moved. Always enjoyed our few minutes of conversation throughout the year and after when we would run into each other in the community. Rest In Peace. You will be missed

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