Lois Crawford McLain died peacefully May 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm after a 4 month battle with end stage liver disease. She was proceeded in death by her husband J.A. “Mac” McLain Jr. also her siblings Max, Fred, Sam, Pearl & Vernon. She is survived by her daughter Beth and her husband Mark Coccia of Mint Hill, her two grandsons Matthew Allen Coccia and his wife Nadine of HI; Andrew Paul Coccia and his wife Katie of Charlotte; and two precious great granddaughters Maya Olivia and Molly Amelia of HI. She is also survived by her nephew Mike Click and his wife Brenda who have loved and cared for her as well as many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She was born June 14, 1927 Flag Day as she proudly liked to tell everyone to James Samuel and Mary Lee Shoe Crawford in Salisbury NC. She attended Woodleaf Elementary and High School. She studied at Salisbury Business College. She moved to Columbia SC and worked as secretary to the Claims Manager whom she fell in love with and married in 1961- J.A. “Mac” McLain Jr. They moved to Jackson Mississippi and she continued working for Travelers Insurance Company until she had their daughter Beth. After several moves from Mississippi they settled in Charlotte. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church where she was involved in the United Methodist Women, the church Choir, Girl Scouts, and a member of the Seekers Sunday School Class. In the early 70’s she and Mac moved to NJ. There she began working for Johnson and Johnson. After Mac’s retirement they headed back to their beloved Charlotte. Lois worked for Selective Insurance Company as a Claims Supervisor and Adjuster and retired in 1992.
She loved the beach and in 1993 they built their dream home at Ocean Isle Beach where they spent most of their time after retirement. She loved to watch football and loved the Carolina Panthers. She and Mac were season ticket holders to the original Charlotte Hornets and attended almost every home game.
Lois loved her grandsons and would do anything for them. She loved her church family and was the first one to be at the hospital sitting with families when their loved one was undergoing surgery. She loved to bake pound cakes, chocolate chip cookies, brownies and her famous fried chicken. Her grandson’s friends became her grandchildren as they fondly called her their grandma.
Her family would like to thank Tommy Robinson who became the son she never had. He called her daily, checked on her and did all he could to help her in her last years. He drove her to church and spent her last days with her.
Thank you to Dr. Marc Harvey and his staff especially Lynn for their love and care as her primary physician. Many thanks to Hospice of Union County, the staff at Willow Grove and her caregiver who cared for her until the very end Angeline. We would also like to thank Peggy Bridgers for her prayers with Lois and her family.
A private internment will be held Monday May 22, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held Monday May 22, 2017 at Memorial UMC 4012 Central Avenue Charlotte NC at 2:00. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00. A reception will follow in the church hall to gather with family and friends.
Lois’s family would like to send a special thank you to Reverend Ned Owens and Reverend Peggy Bridgers for loving and supporting us during our time of grief.
Charitable donations may be made to:
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street, Al;exandria VA 22311