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Lois Ann Terlizzi
June 3, 1934 – June 22, 2020
Ann, Grandma Ann, Gigi, Mama, Little Mommy…Lois Ann Terlizzi passed peacefully away, surrounded by love, at her daughter and son-in-laws home in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on June 22, 2020. Born June 3, 1934, Ann celebrated her 86th birthday just days before with family and friends at one her favorite local restaurants. Although in recent months Ann was starting to feel all of her 86 years, it rarely stopped her from participating in the things she loved. Ann was a voracious reader and would often read two or more books a week. A renewed interest in jigsaw puzzles kept her entertained in the daytime and nightly meals with family and friends almost always included playing a game of some sort, usually dominoes, a game she excelled at and most often won! Lois Ann Boufford was born in Windsor Ontario, Canada. Her father Herbert, mother Audrey and sister, Myrna, moved to southern California when she was in high school and ironically, it was in southern California that she first donned a pair of ice skates! She participated in competitive speed skating in Long Beach, CA and liked to drive around town in her red convertible MG! Her family later moved to Palmdale and that is where she met the love of her life, Michael A. Terlizzi, while attending a dance at the local Elks Lodge with her parents. Mike and Ann loved to dance and on August 4, 1961, that dancing turned into a more than 50 year marriage. Due to Mike’s career as an aerospace field engineer, in 1962, Mike and Ann and their three daughters (Renee, Deena and Tina) made the first of nine relocations that would take them back and forth from California to Alaska, New York, Texas, Mississippi and Maryland over a 13 year period. During this time, Ann endured coordinating moves, multiple changes of schools for three children, making new friends (for herself and the kids!) and life on the road while traveling cross country with 3 children and a variety of animals in the family station wagon! Ann did all of this with a smile on her face and adventure in her heart and always made the travel fun with car games and snacks for the kids and the travel bar stocked for the end of the day for her and Mike! Once they got settled into each new location, she would make the house a home by creating beautiful needlepoint, embroidery and even oil paintings. Ann was a very talented artist and seamstress and those that have some of her work are fortunate. In 1975, the family settled in Simi Valley, CA where they lived for 18 years, at the time, the longest Ann had ever lived in any one place! During their time in Simi Valley, all three of their daughters also lived there and several grandchildren were born! Ann enjoyed gardening and delighted in teaching the children how to embroider and also how to swim, a skill she really never mastered herself, but she sure could teach it! 1993 brought retirement and a move to Las Vegas, the city that captured Ann’s heart from the start! It had everything she loved, great entertainment and food, gaming, a boatload of “built in” friends (other retirees from the aerospace industry) and plenty of opportunity to make new friends. Las Vegas was also just a 5 hour drive from her three daughters and their ever growing families, who at the time all still resided in the Simi Valley area. During Mike and Ann’s time in Las Vegas they had countless visits from friends and family from around the country and were very eager and proud to show off the city they loved and considered their true home. They both enjoyed entertaining and hosted a variety of annual parties that were always joyous occasions. When Mike passed away in 2013, Ann stayed in their home in Las Vegas for four years and still welcomed visits from family and friends and continued going to the local casinos and shows. The Marra family, Tony, Lori and Joseph, began a ritual of having her over for Sunday dinners at their home, a tradition she treasured dearly. In 2017, she sold her home in Las Vegas and moved cross country yet again, to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL where she lived with her youngest daughter, Tina, and her son-in-law Jon, until she passed. True to form, once she arrived the party started! Tina and Jon enjoyed introducing her to their friends, who embraced her with loving arms, and she quickly became part of their social circle. All who knew her, loved her dearly, and will never forget her competitiveness, wit, intelligence and sense of humor. Ann is survived by her sister, Myrna and her husband, Gary Evans; her three daughters, Renee (Steve) Lakner, Deena Smith, Tina (Jon) Holland; 8 grandchildren, Shawn, Zachary, Amy, Timothy, Emily, Joseph, Conner, Evan; plus 8 great-grandchildren, Paige, Christian, Hayden, Madison, October, River, Holland and August. A Celebration of Life for Florida family and friends will be held at the home of Jon and Tina Holland in Ponte Vedra Beach in July before she will make her final cross country move to be laid to rest at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV alongside her beloved husband, Mike. A Celebration of Life will be held in Las Vegas at a yet to be determined location Sunday, Sept. 20 and service and burial will be will be held on Monday, September 21st at 10:00am. Please contact Tina Holland for information.
Donations may be sent to Community Hospice Care who provided guidance, care and compassion during her final days. https://www.communityhospice.com/
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Lois Ann Terlizzi
July 4, 2020
To all of the family members of Lois Ann Terlizzi, from Bob Raffalo and from my beloved wife who passed away on June 8, 2020 I know she would want me to express both of our deepest sympathies to all who loved her. Judy and I went to Las Vegas to be married in 1994. Mike Terlizzi gave Judy away in place of her Dad who could not make the trip. My daughter was Judy's maid of honor, Kelly Raffalo and my best man was from Las Vegas who I went to high school with back in 1960, in Hartford. After the ceremony we went back to Mike and Ann's home and Ann put on a beautiful reception party for us. The elegance and grace that both Mike and Ann showed Judy and I, was something that only two special people like Ann and Mike could have put on. I will never forget the warmth I felt from Ann and Mike and how they both had so much passion for life and laughter. I will remember Ann as a wonderful gracious "LADY". May Ann, Mike and Judy rest in peace together in eternal life with God.
June 30, 2020
Ann was an incredible lady. I will never forget the pool parties or her. Rest In Peace
June 28, 2020
I’m so glad I got to see Ann at Conner and Vicky’s wedding. She looked lovely, and then, I was fortunate to stay at Tina’s and Jon’s for a couple of days after the wedding and enjoyed cards and wine with Ann. She was sharp as a tack and played to win!
I’m not sure how many years ago I met Ann, but I do know it was over 27 years ago. I remember Ann and Mike were excellent hosts and loved a good time with family and friends, great food, games, and just enjoyed living life!
Thank you to Tina and Jon for bringing her into their house in her final years. She was a fortunate lady and well loved!
She will be missed! With my heartfelt thoughts to all who knew and loved her. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
June 28, 2020
Dear Tina, Jon, Conner and Evan,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You had a great Mom/Grandma.
All of your fun times together will be treasured memories forever. Not everyone is so fortunate. Ann's last few years were full of love and comfort thanks to all of you.
I will always remember her hospitality when we visited LV. The "hostess with the mostest."
As you know Uncle Mike was very special to me, it was heartening to see him so happy with Ann.
With love and sympathy, Cousin, Phyllis
June 27, 2020
I just want to send my deepest condolences to all of the family and friends of Lois Ann, from reading this obituary she was a very exciting and fun lady to be around, just like her daughter Deena who was my patron for many years on my mail route and her children and grandchildren that I knew very well. May God give you strength and peace with all the Great Memories that you have shared with her during this time. God bless you all. With my love always, your former mailman, Chris Alessi
June 27, 2020
Mom and Dad's wedding photo. Such a beautiful couple.
June 25, 2020
As family members of the Greatest Generation dwindle, it's nice to have lasting and awesome memories of their decades with us. Aunt Ann was always a lively individual whom I enjoyed spending time with in both Vegas and California. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.