Lois Lindstrom-Kennedy

Lois Cunniff Lindstrom

Wednesday, March 29th, 1922 Sunday, October 13th, 2019

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Obituary for Lois Cunniff Lindstrom

Lois Cunniff Lindstrom (Lois Kennedy)
1922 - 2019
Teacher, Writer, Historian

Lois Eileen Cunniff was born to Luke and Lara (Reid) Cunniff in Toronto, Canada. The family traveled to Denver, then Trinidad, Colorado. Lois was joined by siblings: Jean (Charles) Egleston, Ruth (Peter) Smelser, Alan (Shirley), Roger (Jean), Roy (Donna) and EtherlAnn (Donald) Vallejos. Only two Cunniffs still survive. Lois had the benefit of excellent teachers in local schools and graduated from Trinidad High School. By then she was working many hours in the local Kress Variety Store. She attended Trinidad State Junior College for two years working in the college office, then taught summer school before attending Colorado State College of Education (now UNC at Greeley). She continued teaching during the school year and attending school each summer achieving her B.A. degree from UNC and her M.A. degree from the University of Colorado. She taught first graders for 35 years in Lamar, Pueblo and Arvada schools, receiving the Distinguished Teacher Award from Jefferson R-1 in 1985 before she retired. In addition to writing curriculum Lois wrote the history of four churches, wrote and directed three church pageants and in 1972 she founded the Arvada Historical Society. Lois and Wallace A. (Lindy) Lindstrom were married in 1947. They moved to Arvada in 1960. In 1973 Lois served as chairwoman for the Arvada Cultural Center Committee, and the group insured the passing of a bond issue to build the present Arvada Center. Lois was the Center's first museum chairwoman. She wrote the grant placing the Arvada Flour Mill on the National Register, then wrote a grant for funding and she and Lindy led the efforts to prepare the building for a museum. Lindy died in 1984. Lois married Patrick E. Kennedy in 1997. Lois worked endlessly to gain recognition for Colorado's first documented gold discovery which happened on Ralston creek on June 22, 1850. RALSTON'S GOLD was her last book. Lois helped establish Arvada's Historic District. She received Arvada's first Pioneer Award and the Women in History medal from Susan Anthony Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her daughter Linnea and her husband Tod Soderstrom, two grandsons Perrick and Karl, two brothers, Roger and Roy and well-loved in-laws and nieces and nephews.

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    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 11:30am
    Arvada Presbyterian Church
    5592 Independence St.
    Arvada, CO
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    Friday, November 1st, 2019

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Gayle Sellers Ellis

In addition to teaching first grade, Mrs. Lindstrom also taught 4th grade at Fitzmorris Elementary. At least she did in 1963 because I was in her class. I do not remember much about any of my teachers, (other than Mr. Siegfried smelling like cigarettes), but I do remember Mrs. Lindstrom. One memory in particular on November 22, 1963. Our class had all returned from lunch but Mrs. Lindstrom was not there. This never happened. When she finally came to the class, she was crying. She was trying to hide it but we all knew. She told us that President Kennedy had died. This made me very sad. Not because President Kennedy had died.....I didn't know him, and, I was 9. I was sad because Mrs. Lindstrom was sad. And, until that day, I never knew that grownups cry. I had never seen a grown up cry. I am 65 now and that memory will be with me forever. I can still see the tears in her eyes. Rest in peace Mrs. Lindstrom.
Gayle Sellers Ellis
Comment | Posted at 01:42pm via Condolence

Marsha Webb

Dear Linnea and family. What an amazing woman and gift to so many Lois was. She and my mother had many wonderful moments together, as did our families as we were growing up. My heart and prayers to all of you. I hope to make it to the service, if not please know that I am there in spirit. I would love to be in contact with you sometime If you have the desire, call me 720-530-9393. I still have your mom's book. Love to you all.
Comment | Posted at 08:43pm via Condolence

Marcee Medina

I was lucky enough to have Mrs. Lindstrom as my first grade teacher. She was a huge influence on me. I am now a teacher and it is because of teachers like Mrs. Lindstrom, Miss Bratcher, Miss Welch and Miss Duffy that I decided to become a teacher. I was a late bloomer and I actually learn how to read from Mrs. Lindstrom.
I admired her commitment to conserve the history of Arvada. We all learned so much from her and Arvada is what it is because of her tenacious work with the historical society and the Arvada Center.
May she Rest In Peace.
Comment | Posted at 11:41pm via Condolence

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