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Lois Mary Twining Brevig
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1923
Death: Jun. 23, 2009

The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brevig, Lois Mary Twining
85 - 9/24/1923 6/23/2009

Lois Mary Twining was born in Portland on Sept. 24, 1923, to Frances Riesch and Clarence Walter Twining. She grew up in the Irvington neighborhood and graduated from Grant High School in 1941. She received her Bachelor of Arts in social science from the University of Oregon in 1946. In 1948, following a year employed as a Multnomah County social worker, Lois embarked on a several-month trip to Europe with two girlfriends. Thus began her love of travel. In 1949, Lois, while working as a temporary clerk in a department store, met Harold Brevig. She sold him a copy of "The Joy of Cooking" and he then was fortunate to arrange a formal introduction through a mutual acquaintance. Lois, though, had made plans to move to San Francisco and loved it there, living in an apartment in the Mission District. Harold did not give up on Lois and courted her by long distance, several visits to San Francisco and singing telegrams. She returned to Portland and they were married on April 23, 1950. This year they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. They raised four children: Harold Jr., Gretchen, Peter and Ann. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, and she studied French and piano. She tended a house full of plants. She loved reading recipes, whether they were from one of her numerous cookbooks, a waiting room magazine or in the newspaper. Lois was a fabulous cook, although she would disagree. She took a great interest in food, whether it was a three-star gourmet meal or a great hamburger. She loved a good laugh and to have a good time over a meal with her family. Lois enjoyed a good joke, movies, and playing games, not caring whether she won or lost (and was known to "throw" a game to children so they wouldn't get too discouraged). She believed in and supported animal conservation, clean air, water and environmental issues. ("How could anyone not support those things?") She took a genuine interest in people. She loved animals, most recently her Scottie, Duffy "Duffer Dog." Lois was full of surprises. She enjoyed talking about politics, any subject related to medicine and, most surprising of all, following the Trail Blazers. To her own amazement, the last several years she read the sports section of the paper first before moving on to the Daily Crossword and Jumble. Lois was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She charmed all she met with her humor and graciousness. She was kind and generous. While she may have been reserved in nature, she was not stuffy, and hated pretentiousness. She loved seeing you come through the door and always welcomed you with a smile, never minding that you might take a sharp left to see what tasty thing might be lurking in the fridge. Lois was passionate about travel. Lois and Harold, often accompanied by family members, traveled the world. Over the years their numerous trips took them all over the United States, Asia, Africa and many countries in Western Europe. Above all though, her favorite place was France where, until recently, she and Harold spent two months a year at their house in a Provence village. She additionally loved their relaxing weekends at their beach house. Lois died on June 23, 2009. Her humor, courage, thoughtfulness and beauty was steadfastly evident, even at the end. The depth of her loss is felt by all who knew her and she is greatly missed. She is survived by her husband, Harold; four children, Harold Jr., Gretchen, Peter and Ann; daughters-in-law, Julie and Alixandra; son-in-law, Jim; grandchildren, Emily, Rachel, Hillary, Alex, Reed, Schuyler, Megan and Noel; many nieces and nephews; and, of course, countless friends and Duffer Dog. At Lois' request, no services will be held. If you wish, please make donations in her memory to the World Wildlife Fund.
 
 
Burial:
River View Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Sec 03, Lot 130-A, Grave 2
 
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Record added: Sep 08, 2012
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Lois Mary <i>Twining</i> Brevig
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