This memorial site was created in memory of Tokoroa teacher, Lois Dear, who died tragically on July 16, 2006 at the age of 66.
This memorial has been established to enable residents of Tokoroa and the wider community, to share their grief and pay their respects to a much loved member of the community.
This is a permanent memorial and all comments made here will be archived forever.
We invite you to express your sympathy and support to Lois's family, workmates, friends and all who are suffering through this difficult time.
A teacher who taught a nation
The tragic loss of a dedicated teacher has left a big hole in the heart of a warm and vibrant community.
Lois Dear, a new entrant teacher at Tokoroa's Strathmore Primary School, was found dead in her classroom last Sunday as she and others prepared for the start of a new school term.
This was a person who, after a long and dedicated teaching career, surely deserved to eventually pass peacefuly from this life amidst the comfort and care of her family and friends.
Lois Dear had been a teacher since she left high school and students and family were her priorities.
"She was just absolutely loved and respected by all," fellow teacher, Ngaire Taikato, said.
Lois Dear's teaching style was "old school - very strict, but at the same time very kind and very diligent".
Relieving teacher Anna Barrett, said Ms Dear's pupils were very accustomed to a set routine and would protest if her pattern wasn't followed.
Lois Dear was totally dedicated to children and will long be remembered as the teacher who made a nation think about safety in our schools.