Lois Catherine Tamis (Buchanan), 72, formerly of Methuen, Mass., died on April 25, 2017, at The Villages Hospice House in Florida surrounded by her loving family after four courageous months battling Pancreatic Cancer.
Lois was born in Boston to Helen Shay and Charles Buchanan and grew up in North Andover, Mass., attending St. Michael's School and North Andover High School. Lois found her calling as a program assistant in the Special Education Department of the Methuen school system and retired after 17 years there. Her compassionate work inspired students and fellow educators alike. Lois was also an avid gardener, opening a landscaping business with her husband when they retired to Florida. Their work in The Villages won widespread praise and recognition and most importantly was the catalyst for many meaningful friendships.
Lois is survived by her husband of 50 years, Tony; her children, Shelley Tamis and husband, Scott Sampson of Kittery, Maine, Wendy Tamis Robbins and husband, David Robbins of Marblehead, Mass., James Tamis of Las Vegas, Nev.; her sister, Barbara Lima and husband, Bob Lima of Seabrook, N.H.; as well as sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. Her brothers, Robert and Charles Buchanan, predeceased her.
A private celebration of life will be held for close family and friends in June. Contributions are being accepted for The Lois C. Tamis Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to a Methuen High School senior who has benefited from the special education department during their scholastic career. Please make donations payable to The Lois C. Tamis Scholarship Fund and send to Wendy Robbins, P.O. Box 838, Marblehead, MA 01945.
Published on  May 14, 2017