In Memory

Lois Packard (Gatewood) - Class Of 1933

Lois Packard (Gatewood)

Lois Packard Gatewood, wife of the recently deceased Harden William Gatewood, peacefully passed away in her sleep on December 4, 2001 while in her home in the Oakland Hills. Lois was born in Fillmore, California on November 21, 1915. The family moved to southern California where Lois attend South Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College. 

At 23 years old, Lois opened a gift shop with her sister, Lucille (SPHS '35) in Hemet, California, the town where her family had begun ranching. Soon thereafter, she met Bill, her husband of 63 years, who often remarked that it was her ability to ride a horse that initially stole his heart.

Lois's pride and joy were her two children, Moni Van Camp-Kondos and William Russell Gatewood (Billy). In her youth, Lois pursued her passion for art and decorating; this passion was obviously passed on to her children as her daughter is an art consultant and her deceased son, Billy was an internationally known artist - noted for his Kimono imagery. 

Lois is survived by her adoring daughter Moni, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and brother Jack Packard (SPHS '40). Lois found strength in her church, the source of love that she abundantly shared with her family and friends. Her love and compassion will be greatly missed.

East Bay Times, December 9, 2001