Jan 15, 1928 - Feb 29, 2016
Resident of Lafayette
A wonderful, loving life has come to an end with the passing of Lois on Monday, February 29, 2016 following a brief illness.
Lois was born in San Francisco, the second daughter of Rose and Sam Bernstein. She was raised in Oakland, where she graduated from Oakland High School.
In March 1948, Lois was married to Marvin Kay at the Claremont Hotel and honeymooned in Las Vegas. The young couple moved to San Leandro, with their first son, Douglas. They subsequently moved to Piedmont after they had their second son, Gary. Marvin and Lois resided in Piedmont until moving to Lafayette in 1997.
Lois worked side-by-side with her husband, Marvin, at Kay Chesterfield Manufacturing Company. She was a highly talented and successful interior decorator who served renowned residential and commercial clients. Prior to her retirement in 1990, Lois had worked for 30 years in the furniture business.
Lois was a lover of style. Her home decorating was featured in numerous newspaper articles. She enjoyed shopping and fashion throughout her 88 years. She took pride for always being fashionably dressed.
Lois was a dedicated mother and wife. She loved entertaining and holding memorable dinner parties with her lifetime friends. She was an incredibly good cook, particularly well known for her fantastic jello molds.
Lois is survived by her husband of 67 years, Marvin; sons Douglas of Reno, Nevada and Gary of St. Petersburg, Florida; daughter-in-law Melissa, grand-daughters Shara and Julia, grand-son-in-law Matt; great-grand-daughter Nora; her sister, Miriam Moore of Elk Grove, California; her many nephews, neices, and great-nephews and neices. In addition, she is survived by her many lifetime friends and her new friends from Merrill Gardens of Lafayette where she enjoyed living the final year of her life.
Her memorial service will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the memorial chapel at Home of Eternity Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor (tribute to the memory of Lois Kay) Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, ATTN: Gift Processing Donor Services, 1663 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103.
Sinai Memorial Chapel