After an amazing 84-year run that included working on a Denver dude ranch, being a TV star in Charleston, rubbing shoulders with past Presidents and Cherry Blossom princesses in D.C., and globe trotting as a multi-media executive with such entertainers as Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson and Robert Plant, Lo Lo ended her decade-long battle with Alzheimer's at 7:10 p.m., Sept. 10 in Raleigh.
A Racine, Wisconsin native of Danish descent, Lo Lo was an inspiration, a wonderful Mother and Grandmother and friend. She was one of a kind. She didn't like dogs and, through the years, went through four husbands. Lo Lo had deep blue eyes that could look through you and a kind part of her soul the size of Texas. She lit up a room like searchlights, splashed love and thoughtfulness on most everybody, whether it be a janitor, a care giver or a dignitary.
We learned a lot from Lo Lo.
And our family must express heartfelt gratitude for all the support and wisdom from friends, colleagues, care givers (especially Wake Assisted Living), docs, nurses, med techs, social workers, priests, chaplains, financial advisers, elderly care experts such as Jay Hamre, UNC's Geriatric-Psychiatric Hospital, Alzheimer's North Carolina, lawyers, law enforcement personnel and the angels at Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County). They helped bring Lo Lo some richly deserved peace in the final years of an otherwise often charmed life.
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Many thanks also to Cullen Browder, Jay Jennings and WRAL-TV for their excellent work in documenting Lo Lo's battle with Alzheimer's - hopefully helping our community better understand the ravages that this insidious disease exacts in robbing its victims of their dignity and life savings.
And thank you Lo Lo for your grace and poise against so many indignities. Near the end, miraculously, you were able to briefly come out of your sad plight in a moment of clarity, telling one of your grandchildren that you would love and remember us, your family, for Eternity.
God bless you Mama...
Survivors include: son, Dave Simpson (Denise); grandchildren Ben and Maggie of Raleigh, and Emily of New York City; Daughter-in-law Millie Simpson of Williamsburg, VA; and grandchildren Dave of Columbia, SC and Sara of Washington, DC; and husband Bob Shoolbred of Columbia, SC.
Contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County).