In Memoriam – Lois DeLisle

FLORENCE, MA — Lois Scott (Bean) DeLisle, age 95, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home in Florence on September 8, 2021. Lois was born to Alton Wilbur and Marjorie (Scott) Bean in Northampton on August 24,1926. She graduated from Northampton High School in 1944, attended Northampton Commercial College, and worked as a dental assistant until leaving to raise her family with her husband, Douglas DeLisle. After her children were grown, she returned to work in the bookstore at Smith College, where she retired as the assistant manager in 2001. Lois was passionate about doing daily crossword puzzles with her best friend Dot, the Boston Red Sox, her dogs and kitties, traveling with family and friends, camping trips, and cookouts. She loved a good family picnic, and her potato salad and baked beans were always in demand. She found great joy in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was an enthusiastic supporter at all their dance and music performances and sporting events. Watching her dance to her son’s band, the Bum Steers, at her 90th birthday celebration is something none of us will forget.

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Lois strongly believed in civic involvement. She was a lifelong participant in her church, Florence Congregational, and served in many roles, including as a Sunday School teacher. She was also an active member of the Florence Civic and Business Association, serving a term as vice president.

In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by her sister Muriel Bean DeLisle in 1948, her sister-in-law and best friend Doris (Dot) DeLisle in May 2021, and her husband of 54 years, Doug, in 2002.

To cherish her memory, Lois leaves a large and loving family: her children Gregory (Kathleen) of Longmeadow, Gary (Karen) of Hardwick, Dianne with whom she lived, Carol (Sebastian Dimauro) of Southampton, Glenn (Karla Jean) of Granby, Lisa (Don Abrams) of New York City, and Scott (Ruth) of Florence. In addition, Lois leaves her grandchildren, Katie Pragle (Scott), Sean DeLisle, Martha Leamy (Chris), Mickey Leamy (Pam), Melanie Slattery (Kevin), Amy Robidoux, Jodi Diemand (Michael), Julium DeLisle (Marisol), Sam Dimauro (Karen), Kristie Buckowski, Steven Buckowski, Meghan Lucia (Mike), Ellie Abrams, and Sam and Jake DeLisle. She also leaves 17 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, her sister-in-law Lorraine Malinouskas, cousin Don Upham, and many, many nieces and nephews. Lois always said, “There are no in-laws, steps, or anything else that separates us—we’re all just family.” She lived and loved by that, and she will be greatly missed.

The family would like to make special mention of the extraordinary care Dianne provided through these last years as Lois’s primary caregiver and roommate. Through her compassionate care, Lois was able to spend her final years in the home in which she was born in comfort and peace.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Rd. in Northampton. Calling hours will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 14, with services at the funeral home Wednesday, September 15, at 11:00 am, followed immediately by a brief service at Spring Grove Cemetery in Florence. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Dakin Humane Society or the Northampton Survival Center.

Ahearn Funeral Home

(413) 587-0044

Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Sep. 11, 2021.