Lois Olga Cameron<br/>April 27, 1916 - November 22, 2014
Lois Cameron Freeman was born in Marshfield, Oregon but shortly thereafter her family settled in Oakland, California. She adored classical music and the arts and learned to play the piano as a child. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and after graduating, she went to work as a reporter for The Sausalito News. At that time, the U.S. Navy was also recruiting graduates to join the Waves as a Commissioned Officer and offered Lois a Commission, which she declined in favor of pursuing her career in journalism.
While on the Sausalito News, she met her husband, John H. Freeman (cartoonist) who was serving in the US Army at Fort Cronkhite in Marin County, CA. John happened to stop by her newspaper’s office to post his cartoon for publication in the Fort’s newspaper, The Daily Bugle; Lois and John were married three months later in December, 1941.
Lois had just begun her second assignment as reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, when John was transferred to the state of Washington where she joined him but not before covering a cranberry bog fire there for the Aberdeen Daily World on the eve of her first day of employment for the newspaper.
Lois and John traveled to Burbank, California in 1943 (after John’s military service) where he returned to his job at the Walt Disney Studio as an animator. They built a home in Burbank and raised three daughters and when the girls were finishing school, Lois returned to her beloved career in journalism as a newspaper editor for the Foothill Inter-City Newspapers and she wrote a column each for The Duartean (& The Duartean Dispatch) and Monrovia Journal.
Lois received numerous certificates of appreciation, honors and awards from the local communities for her contribution and was honored by Harold Roach, Foothill Inter-City Newspapers Publisher and the Arcadia Tribune. Lois was humanitarian by nature; she loved people and touched everyone she met.
Lois and John resided in their Burbank home until the present time; her husband, John passed away January 1, 2010. Lois is survived by her loving family that is her three daughters, Catherine, Melissa and Marci and two grandsons, Jason and Casey. Her warm, cheerful and engaging presence will be very much missed by her family and friends.