OGDEN, Utah – Lois Lennon Blaisdell, beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the age of 87 in Ogden, Utah.
Lois was born February 20, 1924, to Emmott and Dorothy Lennon in Watervleit, New York. She graduated from Watervleit High School and Albany Business College.
Lois met her future husband, Waldo J. Blaisdell, in New York during World War II. They were married March 11, 1944, in Watervliet, and sealed for time and eternity in the Logan temple in 1960.
Lois spent most of her life working with her husband on their farm and ranch in Holbrook, Idaho, and raising their three children. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lois served in many church callings and generously gave of her time serving others. Later in her life, she and Waldo served a mission in Long Island and Bermuda followed by working as missionaries in the Spanish extraction program.
Lois especially loved participating in activities with her family. She was involved in 4-H, taught swimming lessons, enjoyed cooking – especially if it had chocolate, loved quilting and sewing, and she was passionate about bowling and displayed her trophies proudly!
Lois is survived by her brother, Emmott Lennon (New York); three children, Jim (Cathy) Blaisdell, Ogden, Utah, Patricia (Richard) Fitt, Orem, Utah, Kevin (Debi) Blaisdell, Garland Utah; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Waldo, her parents, and two grandchildren, Courtney and Jacob.
Lois loved life and was always kind even when her life was difficult. Lois was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost four years ago and even with the ensuing challenges she still said “please” and “thank you” and was pleasant to be around. Many thanks go to those who helped Lois through her final years. The Gardens Assisted Living staff and Lois’s friends there deserve big hugs for all their service. Appreciation also goes to Mountain Ridge Assisted Living, where she spent her last three months, as well as special gratitude to Alpine Hospice staff for the months they cared about and served not only Lois, but also her family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday October 17, 2011, at noon in the Malad LDS Fourth Ward Chapel, located at 100 W. 20 S. Friends may visit with the Blaisdell family on Monday at the church from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Burial will follow in the Malad City Cemetery. You are invited to share condolences by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Idaho State Journal on Oct. 14, 2011.