Lois Piper Dalgliesh left this world suddenly on April 27th, 2022, in Myrtle Beach, SC, from a heart attack. Born April 15, 1926, in Cumberland, Maryland, raising her family in Philadelphia, PA and surrounding suburbs, and moving with husband Joe to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1981, Lois lived every single day of her 96 years with an endless zeal for life.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, Lois leaves behind so many who loved her, including her two sons and their families: Andy Dalgliesh and his wife Deb Dalgliesh, her grandson Scott Dalgliesh and his wife Joncie Sarratt, all of Raleigh, NC; and Joseph (Doug) Dalgliesh and his wife Kim Dalgliesh, of Newtown Square, PA; her granddaughter Alexandra (Alex) Dalgliesh Pardue, her husband Josh Pardue, and Alexandra and Josh’s two small children, Carter Douglas Pardue and Dowden Alexandra Pardue, or her two “greats” as Lois called them, of Williamsburg, VA. She is preceded by her husband of nearly 70 years, Joseph Dalgliesh, her brother, Charles (Chod) Piper and her parents, Christine (Teedie) and Charlie Piper.
She and her family were convinced she would make it to the centennial club, and even though she was a bit shy of that goal, she left the world as she would have wanted – quickly and without being a “burden,” as she called it (she drove herself to the hospital after not feeling well, which will come as a shock to no one who knows her).
Lois was a math major graduate of Hood College, where she played goalie on the college’s soccer team, and spent her early years working as a cryptologist for the federal government after WWII and a statistician for Philadelphia Electric.
Throughout her entire life, Lois loved staying active, and she cherished her days spent teaching thousands of swim lessons to children of all ages and abilities, swimming laps, doing water aerobics, refereeing NCAA college volleyball, bowling and playing golf, her favorite pastime until she stopped playing at age 95.
Lois loved playing golf around the Grand Strand with her husband, sons, and some wonderful groups of ladies – it was her favorite golf destination ever since her and Joe’s first Myrtle Beach golf vacation in 1960. While living in Newtown Square, PA, Lois played golf both for fun and competitively based out of Rolling Green Golf Club, winning the Philadelphia Class B Match Play Championship a number of times. She also gave back to the golf community, organizing hundreds of local women’s golf tournaments and volunteering for the South Carolina course slope rating committee.
Lois was a friend to everyone she met, and if we listed everyone’s names whom she talked about like family, this would never end. But to all of you, please know, you meant the world to her – and your memories of her mean the world to us.
A remembrance ceremony for Lois will be scheduled in the near future. Date and location to be announced.
In the meantime, next time you play golf at Pine Lakes Golf Course, look for the bench on the second hole by the women’s tee. Take a seat, remember your time with her and smile at the memory. Then, hit it on the green with a putt for birdie. She would love that!
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Francis Animal Center in Georgetown, SC.
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