Lois Dancel Obituary

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Lois Muriel Dancel

March 2, 1921 - April 11, 2014
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Lois M. Dancel, known by many as "Nanny," was born on March 2, 1921 in northern California. She spent her younger years in Hawaii before moving back to California. She had one brother and two sisters. Lois was married twice. Her first marriage was to Benny Guzman, and together they had Gerald Guzman, Sr. Her second marriage was to Manuel Dancel, with whom she had Ron Dancel. Through this marriage, she also became a stepmother to Diane Phillips. When she was a young woman, she loved to go bike riding, swimming, and would go dancing with her best friend, Helen Lazo. She liked to sew and embroider. When she had the opportunity, she went...
Lois M. Dancel, known by many as "Nanny," was born on March 2, 1921 in northern California. She spent her younger years in Hawaii before moving back to California. She had one brother and two sisters.

Lois was married twice. Her first marriage was to Benny Guzman, and together they had Gerald Guzman, Sr. Her second marriage was to Manuel Dancel, with whom she had Ron Dancel. Through this marriage, she also became a stepmother to Diane Phillips.

When she was a young woman, she loved to go bike riding, swimming, and would go dancing with her best friend, Helen Lazo. She liked to sew and embroider. When she had the opportunity, she went to plays with friends. She had several dogs throughout her lifetime and loved them dearly.

Lois had to keep to her routine and always had a schedule. She kept daily journals and absolutely had to record the weather. She loved to watch her soap operas and kept her mind sharp by doing crossword puzzles and word searches. She enjoyed card games and could get vicious during a game of Gin Rummy. Every night before bed, she would read her Bible and pray.

She never failed to send cards for holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries to her family and to the many families that she adopted as her own. She included money when she could, especially for children. Her generosity extended to many organizations, including schools, animal shelters, veterans, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and others. She gave consistently to family and strangers alike, and no doubt touched countless lives.

Lois loved to go out to dinner, especially with family and friends. There was nothing more important to her than spending time with her loved ones. She surrounded herself with their pictures and prayed for them daily.

Lois will be lovingly remembered by her brother, Harry Citron; her sister, Ruth Avon; her stepdaughter, Diane Phillips; her daughters-in-law, Eileen Guzman, Kathy Dancel, and Angie Byars; her ten grandchildren, and her many great-grandchildren.

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