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

Posted September 10, 2014 11:48 p.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2014 10:38 a.m. EDT

— 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’s 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."