, Newburyport, MA

July 22, 2013

Lois Sorensen, 87

Novato, CA — Lois Maccannell Sorensen, 87, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Creekwood Senior Home in Novato, Calif., with her son, Peter, by her side.

Lois was born in 1926 in Boston to the late Alfred Bruce and Irene Maccannell. She is preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Ward Sorensen.

She is survived by her son, Peter William Sorensen and his partner, Charles Smith, of San Rafael, Calif.; her brother, Bruce "Mac" Maccannell of Clayton, Del.; her extended family; and countless friends on both coasts.

A graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Roxbury, Mass., Lois was a consummate humanitarian. She volunteered to aid World War II veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, tutored school children with learning disabilities, and co-founded Among Friends, a meal kitchen at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport, Mass., where she was a member.

A lifelong artist and accomplished iconographer, Lois painted in both watercolors and oils. She enjoyed needlework, knitting prayer shawls with her church group, and weekly card nights with her friends. Lois was a feisty New Englander, proud breast cancer survivor, loving mother, and devoted friend.

She will be fondly remembered for her wry sense of humor and boundless heart.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service for Lois’s New England community will be held at 11 a.m., August 17, at St. Paul's Church, 166 High Street, Newburyport.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Among Friends at St. Paul’s Church,