'Lo Lo' concludes the 'last leg of her terrible journey' with Alzheimer's

Posted September 10, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014

— Lois 'Lo Lo' Shoolbred, who battled Alzheimer's Disease and was profiled in 2010 after her son allowed WRAL cameras to capture a rare glimpse inside his family‚Äôs struggle with the memory-snatching disease, died on Wednesday. She was 84.

"Our family must express heartfelt gratitude for all the support and wisdom from friends, colleagues, care givers (especially Wake Assisted Living), docs, nurses, med techs, social workers, priests, chaplains, financial advisers, elderly care experts such as Jay Hamre, UNC's Geriatric-Psychiatric Hospital, Alzheimer's North Carolina, lawyers, law enforcement personnel and the angels at Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County)," her son, Dave Simpson, said in a message on Facebook. "They helped bring Lo Lo some richly deserved peace in the final years of an otherwise often charmed life."

Simpson also thanked WRAL's Cullen Browder for documenting Shoolbred's battle with Alzheimer's.

"And thank you Lo Lo for your grace and poise against so many indignities," he wrote. "Near the end, miraculously, you were able to briefly come out of your sad plight in a moment of clarity, telling one of your grandchildren that you would love and remember us, your family, for eternity."


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  • jackaroe123 Sep 12, 2014

    Starting with the headline, this is a really beautiful way to deal with a devastating disease. Prayers and condolences for Lo Lo's family and loved ones.

  • Killian Sep 12, 2014

    I'm so sorry for their family's loss. Alzheimers is such a horrific disease. But thank you for sharing her story.

  • Naysayer Sep 12, 2014

    Great story, and very touching. We have had family members with this disease, it's true I think in many ways harder on the family. Hope they can develop a cure one day.

  • dollibug Sep 11, 2014

    My dad also knew me on Monday before he died on Wednesday....he had NOT known me for years.

  • CHAMP Sep 11, 2014

    Rest in Peace Lo Lo. Sending warm thoughts of comfort to your incredible family.

  • wilson3 Sep 11, 2014

    Thanks to your family for the willingness to share this journey with the rest of us, particularly to those of us who have family members facing Alzheimer's disease.
    Just part of her grand legacy.

  • jmcdow2792 Sep 11, 2014

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    Agree, having seen it first hand I just wish it could be eliminated.

  • thinkin out loud Sep 11, 2014

    Diseases are an earthly thing. Once we have left this earthly body behind our spirit is without ailment or disease. Lo Lo is looking down on her loved ones now with all the clarity of a clear blue sky. She knows what her loved ones went through and the many acts of love that were done for her during her sickness.

  • John Gardner Sep 11, 2014
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    So sad! Rest in peace Lo Lo.

  • stymieindurham Sep 11, 2014

    Sad to watch a parent having to go through a long lasting and life ending battle. My condolances.