Lois Peck may have appeared to be a tiny, frail lady, but for those lucky friends that knew her knew that was not the case. She taught them how to live each day with dignity, love and kindness. And, of course, a sense of humor – even in her last days. The “kitchen cabinet,” composed of friends Lynda Calcote, Lois, Billye Proctor Shaw and Dian Stai, had been together for a long time. Lois and Dian had been Girl Scout leaders in their earlier days. Together this dynamic group gathered around Dian’s kitchen table, hence the name of the group, to make decisions, share wisdom and most importantly create a bond that would last a lifetime.
When Lois became ill, the “kitchen cabinet” knew that they wanted to honor their special friend while she was still living. They wanted her to know how much they loved and respected her. At the time, Lynda was serving on the Cancer Services Network Board and Billye was a founder and member of the Advisory Council for this new organization. The group believed in the mission of this organization, and they knew the impact it would have on those faced with cancer. They wanted to empower this small organization to thrive; to accomplish its mission. It was decided that a fund would be established at the Community Foundation of Abilene, the Lois Caldwell Peck Fund for Cancer Services Network, in honor of their friend, Lois Peck. “We chose to establish this fund at the Foundation, because we wanted the wisdom and expertise of the Foundation. We trusted their commitment to the community, we thought how wonderful it would be for CSN to benefit from the funds that would be earned,” recalls Lynda Calcote.
Lois was overjoyed with the gift. While she herself had not needed to rely on the support of this organization, she knew there were so many others that were burdened by the cost of this terrible disease. This year Cancer Services Network has helped over 380 people through emotional, spiritual and financial assistance.
“It is wonderful to honor someone at their death, but it’s even better when they are still living because they are able to know how much they mean to others. Lois will always be our forever friend and through this fund, her legacy will be kept alive forever through the commitment, passion and tremendous impact of Cancer Services Network,” said kitchen cabinet members Lynda, Billye and Dian.