Lois Murdock was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Depression-era Detroit. She pursued a business track at Commerce High School and upon graduation worked in the accounting department of Bell Telephone. During WWII she met Loyde Murdock, who was serving in the Navy, on a blind date in Boston.
After the war Lois and Loyde settled in Palo Alto, where Loyde had grown up. They raised two children, Katie and Will, who attended Los Altos schools. Lois was active in her children’s lives, serving as a Camp Fire Girl leader and Cub Scout den mother. The Murdocks were members of the Peninsula Gem and Geological Society for decades, enjoying both rockhounding and making jewelry. A masterful seamstress, Lois also worked in many textile media and found an important niche as the director of the World Service sewing group at Los Altos Union Presbyterian Church. Her other interests included gardening, camping, painting, attending theatre performances, her book club, and studying geology. Lois would be the first to tell you that her greatest achievement was her children: Katherine, who is a classical music composer and retired university professor, and Will, a library tech/cataloger with the San Francisco Public Library and the California Historical Society. She considered her in-laws David Franks and Jane Stanley to be her children as well. Lois pursued these many interests and lived independently and inquisitively in her own home until the very end of her life and passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014, at the age of 90. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.