ForeverMissed
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Lois Jackson Cohen
May 9, 1933- May 5, 2021

A bright light has passed on, Lois Jackson Cohen, 87, on May 5, 2021. She passed peacefully in her sleep. Lois was a Los Angeles resident for over 80 years, hailing from Detroit, Michigan. She worked as a make-up artist, bookkeeper, hospital administrator, founder of a bank, and an accomplished painter, with exhibitions. Lois was preceded in death by her parents Tillie and David Mermelstein, her loving husband Max Cohen, and is survived by her sister Beverly Goldstein, her son Lee Jackson, her daughter Jodi Jackson, her grandchildren, David and Charlie Jackson, step-daughter Nancy Sills, her daughter in-law Pam Jackson, grandson in-law Hart Pullman, and her two cats Rocky and Blue. She also leaves behind many loving friends who always enjoyed her wicked sense of humor, her love of the card game Pan, exercising in the park, and her goodwill and acceptance. She was funny, warm, loving and kind, and was very loved by those around her. She genuinely cared for and cherished people’s company, and lived everyday like it was her last. She loved life her optimism was contagious. She is forever in our hearts and will be very missed. They broke the mold when Lois was created, and was adored by everyone she touched.

Joie De Vivre – “Exuberant Enjoyment of Life”, if you look up Joie De Vivre in the dictionary Lois Jackson Cohen’s picture is there.
Posted by Charles Jackson on June 23, 2021
From Sandi: Vivacious, contagious laughter, stylish, ready for fun, nails all done, always dressed for success, so much life lived to the fullest, friend, enthusiastic card and game player!
Lois! You will be so missed !
Beautiful life! Wonderful memories of good times!
Picture of Lois and Sandi: https://prnt.sc/16if3j9
 ❤️Sandi Cantor
Posted by Donna Lewis on May 23, 2021
When I was about 4 years old a new family moved into the house right next-door to me on La Jolla. I knocked on the front door and a pretty lady opened it. Eyeing me curiously. I explained that I lived next door and was wondering if there was a little girl I could play with. She opened the door wider and called out “Jodi, come here”. The rest is history.

The kitchen windows of my house were directly across from the windows in Lois’s bathroom. We had the sixties version of texting! I often heard my mom and Lois chatting through the windows. Jodi and I would communicate using our very own “intercom system”.

Lois, Jodi & Lee were like my second family. Jodi and I could often be found at each others houses. Lee introduced me to the care of cats (Bonnie & Clyde) and showed me how smart dogs are (Carson). Lois was always on trend, dressed to the nines, perfect makeup and nails, always beautiful kind, and funny. During Jodi’s and my frequent sleepovers she somehow tolerated Jodi’s and my obnoxious silliness and giggling which would go on way past out bedtime.

In more recent years I always loved seeing Lois at Jodis parties. Even in her later years Lois kept her beauty, grace and kindness.

Lois, you will be very missed by all of us.      עליו השלומ 
Posted by Charles Jackson on May 22, 2021
Grandma,
We came to your house every week during Corona and always brought you lovely flowers, so I'm leaving you another one.

You have impacted my life so much, and you always told me that I could be anything I put my mind to. I am so happy you got to see me grow up into a great man and I told you that one day I'd be a famous actor and my grandma would be in the back row saying "That's my grandson!" And I still stand by that and can't wait to make you proud. I always love how much you would make me smile and you were always there for me and I know you always will be, even in this life or the next. I hope you realize how much I love you and how much you saved my life during all of my struggles. I am so happy that I got to hug you for the first time in a year because of corona and I know you are at peace and happy. I still can't believe I got you to draw for the first time in like 30 years during corona and I will cherish those sketches forever and frame them. I love you so much Grandma and so does everyone else!

-Charlie
Posted by Rosalyn Daniel on May 22, 2021
My dear cousin Lois, I always enjoyed our long telephone conversations reminiscing about our family. I always looked forward to our chats because you were always cheerful and a delight to talk to. You loved everyone. I will miss you always and keep you in my heart.
Love, Rozy 
Posted by Jacky Lee on May 20, 2021
My sincere condolences go to Jodi and Lee on the passing of your mom. She seems vivacious and fun loving from all the pics and the time i got to meet her. She had a full and wonderful life and was able to drift off to the next one..how wonderful
Posted by Pam Jackson on May 19, 2021
Lois was a vibrant, fun, caring woman. I am deeply saddened by her passing. I was fortunate to know her. I am so grateful she was my mother-in-law, what a kick she was. She would come over and say let’s go smoke, and that she loved having a daughter in law that did that. I was so looking forward to the COVID being over to spend more time with her. She was so much more than I can ever say.
Posted by Lanning Gold on May 16, 2021
Memories of Lois

Lois loved to dress up. Many times in a fur coat or a jacket with a fur collar.
Lois loved dressing up and going out with her husband Max.
They made a handsome couple together.
Lois loved her family.
Lois had a sidekick, her daughter Jodi.
Together they were the life of the party.
Lois would help Jodi, sell Jodi's handmade jewelry at events all over
Southern California.
Lois sometimes braved the cold mornings, helping Jodi,
selling jewelry in The UCLA Medical Building Courtyard.
Lois had a mother named Tilly, who had a boyfriend named
Hanky Panky. (I'm not sure if Lois approved of Hanky Panky)
Lois and Jodi would exercise together outdoors.
So the neighbors wouldn't complain.
Lois had a great laugh and could get everyone to laugh with her.
Lois will be missed very much.
Posted by Steve Casey on May 16, 2021
When I first met Lois, I said that I was friend of Lee's and she said who?  At that moment, her sense of humor and her warmth was apparent. Lois always took an interest in what you had to say and she listened. All of us have had those moments in life when you meet a person and you say to yourself .....yep genuine! That was Lois. To my dear friend Lee and his family, I'm so sorry for your loss. But I believe that Lois will continue to be a bright light in everybody's heart. It was an absolute honor to have known Lois. I want to close with an old Irish proverb that warms my heart and I hope yours as well.
"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sunshine warm upon your face and rain fall softly upon your fields and until we meet again.....may God hold you in the palm of his hand."
Posted by Mariana Muela on May 15, 2021
I worked for Jodi for a a few months in 2017. Whenever we went to a party, her mother Lois always had a smile that lit up every room she walked in. Her sweetness and charisma will never be forgotten!! May she rest in peace.
Posted by Lorne Grant on May 15, 2021
Lois Cohen was an amazing Lady! She was full of life,
loved people and enjoyed going to Parties!
I always enjoyed sitting next to her at gatherings and chatting for hours ! Lois was really witty and always made me laugh! Her passing is a Huge loss and she will be greatly missed..Rest in Peace sweet Lois.
Posted by Karen Jacobson on May 14, 2021
I believe the first time I met Lois was at her home with Jodi...

Lois, was of course an excellent hostess and made me very comfortable.
She asked me about myself and I shared that I was an artist too.
At the time I was branching out to decorative arts and eager to find projects. Lois immediately asked what I could do to update an entire dining room set right then and there.

Lois and I collaborated on ideas that afternoon. A short time later I delivered the completed updated set and was nervous to see her reaction.
She was delighted and proceeded to suggest I paint a small side table.

Her belief in my new found abilities was one of the stepping stones that led me to starting my own business. The "Lois" side table became an important part of my portfolio and was often requested.
Thank you Lois.

I am fortunate that Lois and Jodi visited Palm Springs last winter and we all broke bread together with Jodi's famous tasting's. Like always Lois asking us to taste everything and have just one more bite.

Lois brought joy and light to every occasion.





Posted by Cindy Cindy on May 14, 2021
To Jodi Lee Charlie David Beverly
Feeling Rocky and Blue and missing Lois so much.
May it bring you all peace and comfort to remember what a beautiful and unforgettable Life Lois Lived and how we all danced!
I feel blessed to have had 51 years of amazing memories of Lois.
Lois brought so much color to our lives with her art, her sense of humor, her candor.
Especially so when she didn’t hesitate to tell you the truth (in her soft and gentle way) about life’s circumstances. Lois’s great personality and social graces made her a joy to hang out with. I was so lucky to have had decades of fun in Lois’s company .
She was a wonderful and compassionate listener.
Many times Lois shared with me how Jodi made her so proud. Jodi, being a remarkable daughter and being one of the Loves of Lois’s life!
Years ago I enjoyed
many adventures and nights out with Lois Max and Jodi. We painted the town Red !
Just like her colorful vibrant artwork
All the vibrant colors of the rainbow is how I will always remember our lovely Lois.


Posted by David Jackson on May 13, 2021
My Grandma or Lois as everyone else knew her was an amazing individual, born to eastern European parents who immigrated to America for a better life for her and their family. She was born in Detroit Michigan but Los Angeles was where she called home. I would hear all sorts of stories about my grandma growing up, like how my grandfather put a moth under the door to scare the living daylights out of her, or how she went and saw Alfred hitchcock's Psycho and ran out of the theater. My grandma was not one for anything scary. After my parents divorced my grandma was there for me and my brother when we needed her most. She helped raise us alongside my dad with things like picking us up from school, taking us to the movies and sneaking snacks in so we didn’t have to pay the crazy concession prices or just spending the weekend at her house to give my dad a break from my brother and I. She was always like a second mom to us, so much that people would call her my mom. She was always there when you needed someone to talk to, always supportive of my interests and always kvetching about when I would find a nice Jewish girl. What’s really tough is that she won’t be there when I find the right person to call the love of my life, watch me someday get married, or meet her future great grandkids. It’s going to be tough not having her around, really tough now that she is gone, but I know deep down she loved me because I loved her back with all my heart. Knowing that eases the pain in my heart where she will always be, no one could ever replace my grandma, she was one of a kind.
Posted by Jodi Jackson on May 13, 2021

A beautiful video tribute for Lois Jackson Cohen by Ben Golburgh. Please enjoy.

https://youtu.be/DfCFDUtv6iY
Posted by lee jackson on May 13, 2021
How do you catch lightning in a bottle? If you knew Lois, she was like lightning in a bottle. Funny, Stubborn, Active, Sweet and most of all vital, She loved life and embraced it like no one else. She never slowed down or gave into her age.
No Way!! Joie De Vie=Love of life and she loved and embraced it fully. She had a big heart for all and loved her family very much. She took her sister in when she was really down and out, and continued to care for her for 12 more years Selflessly putting herself in financial hardship to keep her sister near and comfortable. She also loved her cats and couldn't bear to put one down when needed. She could be a real softie, or tough if needed. She spread love and cheer everywhere she could, just look at the outpouring of love for her.
Well, the lightning is out of that bottle as of May 5 and she will be missed more than I can say. We were so lucky to have her for as long as we did. But she was not hobbled by age or sickness and went to sleep one night never to awaken.
Sleep well my beautiful mother, we will meet again your spirit will never dim.
Posted by Bob Petrella on May 12, 2021
Jodi, so sorry to hear about the passing of your lovely mom. I remember meeting her and she was always so sweet and kind. You have my sincere condolences. 
Posted by Bobby Trendy on May 12, 2021
Beautifull tribute to a beautiful lady...
Posted by Pamela Clay on May 12, 2021
Lois was a lighthouse of love and joy, and will be dearly missed by all fortunate and blessed to know her. May she dwell in Heavenly Peace always amongst God’s brightest angels.
Posted by Kai D. on May 12, 2021
Although I never received the opportunity to meet your Mom, I do know that her light will always shine through in you. From your remarkable beauty, infectious smile, radiant light, and damn good hair, I know where you got it from now Jodi.

I’m sending you and your loved ones virtual hugs, prayers and condolences.
Posted by Steve Fasanella on May 12, 2021
I was driving with Lois one afternoon and those of you who know me know I never stop at stop signs. Ever! I have been pulled over many times but never got a ticket. So this one afternoon Lois is telling me your going to get a ticket f you keep doing that. Sure enough after she said that I ran a stop sign and there was a cop waiting behind some bushes. Now I have LAPD press passes for just such occasions in my glove box but never had to pull them out. So the cop comes up to the window and Lois is laughing sing song your gonna get a ticket! I said no I’m not watch this. So I grab my registration and my drivers license and was ready when the cop got up to the window.
I remember a long time ago a cop at traffic school told the class that If your nice you’ll probably get a break because the hard tickets to write are to the nice people. So the cop says license and registration and I say here you go. He says you know why I pulled you over and I say cause you just want to know how my day is going? He says not really and I say can I guess again and he says no you ran a stop sign back there. I say I didn’t see it. He says you didn’t see it? I say no, I was too busy texting. To which he says WHAT! I say, I’m just kidding. He says ok why did you run the stop sign. I say you want the truth. He says that would be nice. I say I ran it cause I didn’t think any cops were around.
The cop looked back at me and looked at Lois and said, that’s the most honest answer I’ve ever heard. Handing me my license back he said don’t run anymore stop signs and you and that pretty lady next to you have a nice day. I said thanks and I will.
Lois just sat there with her mouth wide open…I said see I told you I wasn’t going to get a ticket. We went to Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Texas style Barbeque in the Valley and I treated her to Ribs for her birthday… And on the way there, ran four more stop signs
I miss Lois and will never forget her... it was one of the pleasures of my life to call her my friend.
Posted by Karen Salkin on May 12, 2021
Lois was truly one of the loveliest people I know. She always had a smile on her face, and something nice to say to everyone. She exuded warmth, and no matter what else was going on, I was always cheered-up by seeing her.

And she sometimes surprised me, once by showing her cheeky side! Lois is actually the person who taught me the real meaning of the naughty name of a restaurant here in town. I had no idea, and was both shocked and amused that Lois stated it so mater-of-factly! Whenever I pass the place, I think of Lois and smile.

She will be missed by so many people in LA. But we can all be comforted by knowing what a good, long, happy life she led.
Posted by Paul Bradley on May 11, 2021
Lois was always the life of the party! I called her “Mom” whenever I saw her. She made everyone feel at home wherever she went, a quality that will be sorely missed. Lois was indeed one of a kind, and we should all learn from her candid, free willed, fun loving spirit. She lived by the rules of: live, love and most of all... laugh. Xoxo
Posted by Kal Reece on May 11, 2021
I knew I liked Lois the first time I was introduced to her in LA, over 20 years ago. I immediately asked her if she knew her doppelganger ... some actress named Debbie Reynolds! She smiled and I knew there'd always be a connection. I want to thank Jodi for bringing her down for lunch when I moved to San Diego. At least, after all those years, I got to see her again before she moved on to what I know is a better place.
Posted by Ben Golburgh on May 10, 2021
NOBODY BROUGHT FRESH VIBRANT LIFE TO AN ORDINARY DAY LIKE LOIS COHEN.

When I up and moved to Los Angeles from Miami in 1998, I didn't know anyone other than my one friend from home who already lived out here. I quickly became friends with my neighbor, Jodi Jackson.

Outgoing, gregarious, and forever the optimist, Jodi and I became fast friends hanging out in each others apartments and comforting one another through earthquake tremors and of course 9/11.

While looking for the perfect teaching job, I found that I needed to sell a few items for extra cash. One of those items was my reasonably new Gateway Computer. I mentioned it to Jodi who told me that her mom, Lois, might be interested in getting to know how to use a PC.

Sure enough, Lois bought my PC and the desk it sat on, and I offered her free lifetime lessons. From that time, I showed up at her place every Tuesday to teach Lois the computer. Like with Jodi, Lois and I became great friends.

One Tuesday, Lois invited me to sit in on one of her games with the ladies. I did and was soon participating in an amazing evening of laughter, wine, and other libations. Soon I became a regular player, meeting new friends, and new Computer clients, along the way.

There was nobody like Lois. She was uniquely unique. If I was feeling down in the dumps, Lois could quickly turn my frown upside down.

Lois was full of love. She loved her daughter Jodi with all of her heart. She looked at her so adoringly and hung on her every word, and her COOKING. Lois loved her grandchildren and they could do no wrong. Lois loved her son Lee and spoke of him often.

And Max... oh Max. Max was a great guy and he loved Lois more than I have ever seen a man love his wife. I think there was never a day in their marriage when Max was not madly in love with Lois.

I enjoyed my friendship with Max and I loved my friendship with Lois and Jodi.

I was heartbroken when I heard the news of Lois' passing, but I was filled with joy when I heard how she'd spent her last days; out of town on a Canasta weekend with her friends, laughing it up and having a blast. She lived life "with Gusto". Who Gusto is, I will never know.. (inside Joke)..

Lois' spirit will live on in my heart and memories.



Posted by Pauline Barraza on May 10, 2021
Although I never had the privilege and pleasure of meeting your mother, I heard so many tales of her shenanigans and exuberance that I grew to love her from afar.

Wishing peace, healing and comfort to your family and all those who knew and loved her.
Posted by Jodi Jackson on May 10, 2021
My Momma was truly one-of-a kind. She was gregarious, stubborn, beautiful inside and out, with an elegance and grace you just don’t find anymore. She could hear a joke one time and put it her joke repertoire. She loved life and everyone around her, especially her family.

She was not the kind of Mother who stopped her own life to be part of ours, no she kept all of her own fun and activities and we blended in with everything that she had already set up in her life. She didn’t dot over us, but kept us safe and sound throughout the years. Mom had many hobbies and adventures and none of that stopped after having her kids. She loved a good book, a good cross word puzzle, painting and knitting, anything to use her creative side of her brain was fulfilling to her. Her cats kept her great company and she loved coming home to their sweet meows.

In her youth she was adventurous and loved having a good time. She was always dressed to the nines, with every single accessory matching. A good hair day for her was all she could ever want. A bit vain, but to her looking good was feeling good. I have fond memories of her keeping her head out of the water while swimming in the pool so she would not get her hair wet.

Her little klatches of card games – an almost obsolete card game – Pan - was her pride and joy, she loved to gamble, but in very small amounts, she would never do anything fool hearted or stupid. When she won $14.00 at a card game she would call me and say she had the luckiest day.

Her grandsons meant the world to her and she made sure she spoke to them a few times a days. She would discuss their daily tasks and what was on their minds. Always telling me how sweet both of them are. Charlie and David.

Mom was a lot of things, but she knew the power of family, she knew how to forgive and forget, so loved deeply, and was always curious. She loved with abandonment and wanted everyone around her to be happy. She never wanted confrontation, and always wanted everyone to love and cherish each other, now that she’s gone there is a lot to be said for taking the time out each day and say I love you to those that are important to you.

My brother and I loved our mother with as much love as humanly possible, there are so may amazing memories for me. We did 2 cruises in the last 5 years and lots of mini travel trips. She had just come back from a very great trip to Cambria with her besties and has a blast. She always loved to travel with me and experience all the joy that we could find together. She was my sidekick, my best friend; just don’t know what I will do without her. But one thing I know for sure she would not want any of us to be sad or wallow, she used to tell me, “Honey, Life is for the Living!”

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Posted by Charles Jackson on June 23, 2021
From Sandi: Vivacious, contagious laughter, stylish, ready for fun, nails all done, always dressed for success, so much life lived to the fullest, friend, enthusiastic card and game player!
Lois! You will be so missed !
Beautiful life! Wonderful memories of good times!
Picture of Lois and Sandi: https://prnt.sc/16if3j9
 ❤️Sandi Cantor
Posted by Donna Lewis on May 23, 2021
When I was about 4 years old a new family moved into the house right next-door to me on La Jolla. I knocked on the front door and a pretty lady opened it. Eyeing me curiously. I explained that I lived next door and was wondering if there was a little girl I could play with. She opened the door wider and called out “Jodi, come here”. The rest is history.

The kitchen windows of my house were directly across from the windows in Lois’s bathroom. We had the sixties version of texting! I often heard my mom and Lois chatting through the windows. Jodi and I would communicate using our very own “intercom system”.

Lois, Jodi & Lee were like my second family. Jodi and I could often be found at each others houses. Lee introduced me to the care of cats (Bonnie & Clyde) and showed me how smart dogs are (Carson). Lois was always on trend, dressed to the nines, perfect makeup and nails, always beautiful kind, and funny. During Jodi’s and my frequent sleepovers she somehow tolerated Jodi’s and my obnoxious silliness and giggling which would go on way past out bedtime.

In more recent years I always loved seeing Lois at Jodis parties. Even in her later years Lois kept her beauty, grace and kindness.

Lois, you will be very missed by all of us.      עליו השלומ 
Posted by Charles Jackson on May 22, 2021
Grandma,
We came to your house every week during Corona and always brought you lovely flowers, so I'm leaving you another one.

You have impacted my life so much, and you always told me that I could be anything I put my mind to. I am so happy you got to see me grow up into a great man and I told you that one day I'd be a famous actor and my grandma would be in the back row saying "That's my grandson!" And I still stand by that and can't wait to make you proud. I always love how much you would make me smile and you were always there for me and I know you always will be, even in this life or the next. I hope you realize how much I love you and how much you saved my life during all of my struggles. I am so happy that I got to hug you for the first time in a year because of corona and I know you are at peace and happy. I still can't believe I got you to draw for the first time in like 30 years during corona and I will cherish those sketches forever and frame them. I love you so much Grandma and so does everyone else!

-Charlie
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Shared by Donna Lewis on May 16, 2021
I am lucky to have a life of memories about Lois and her family. When I was about 4 years old a new family moved into the house right next-door to me on La Jolla. I knocked on the front door and a pretty lady opened it, eyeing me curiously. I explained that I lived next door and was wondering if there was a little girl I could play with. She smiled, opened the door wider and called out “Jodi, come here”. The rest is history. 

The kitchen window of my house were directly across from the window in Lois’s bathroom. It was the sixties version of texting! I often heard my mom and Lois chatting through the windows. Jodi and I would communicate using our very own “intercom system.”

 Lois, Jodi & Lee were like my second family. Jodi and I could often be found at each other’s houses. Lee introduced me to the care of cats (Bonnie & Clyde) and showed me how smart dogs are (Carson). Lois was always trendy, dressed to the nines, perfect makeup and nails, always beautiful, kind and funny. During our frequent sleepovers, she somehow tolerated Jodi’s and my obnoxious silliness and giggling which would go on way past bedtime.

In more recent years I always loved seeing Lois, thanks to Jodi’s parties. Even in her later years, Lois kept her beauty, grace and kindness.

Rest assured Jodi and Lee that Lois will be very missed by all of us. I’m truly sorry we’ve lost her.  May she עליו השלומ.  


Mom’s Dates

Shared by Jodi Jackson on May 12, 2021
My Mom and I had this thing we would do when she had a new date come pick her up at the house. He would come to the front door and I would be close by when she answered the door. I would check him out to see if I liked him. If I didn’t then I would tell my Mom that I was not feeling good and she would have to tell him, “Sorry my daughters not feeling good another time”.  When shehad Max her beloved husband come the first time he was wearing a light blue linen leisure type suit. I told my Mom get him to ditch the suit but he’s a keeper, go out with him. 
Shared by Tiffany Bradshaw, MBA on May 10, 2021
I remember being at a restaurant in Santa Monica and it was a group of us at the table and I will see the near Lois. I don’t remember the exact details of the story but a couple of people started bickering at the table and in order to change the subject, Lois mentioned some thing about the “king” and all of us were confused momentarily. It was her way of saying a particular curse word or talking about a particular physical act between a couple. I won’t stated here but she said the word and we all knew what she was talking about and we all laughed long and hard