Lois Virginia Blythe

September 30, 1930November 5, 2012

Lois Virginia Blythe (Larson) Born September 30, 1930 in Sumas Washington to Oscar and Freda Larson and raised on a small farm outside of Everson Washington. Lois attended Clearbrook Grade School and Nooksack Valley High School where she graduated in 1948. She obtained a teaching certificate from Western Washington College in 1951. Lois married Norman William Blythe in 1957. Norman and Lois were married 45 years until Norman’s passing in 2002. They lived the majority of their married life in the Robe Valley outside of Granite Falls, then the last 12 years in the City of Granite Falls. Lois taught grade school in Anacortes and Everett, then worked as a substitute teacher in the Granite Falls School District until she retired. Lois was a long time member of Granite Falls Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, actively involved with the Granite Falls Historical Society, and served many years as a member of the Robe Fire Belles. Lois is survived by her three children; David Blythe (Lincoln Nebraska), Susan Gronemyer (Lake Stevens), and Janet Hilt (Monroe), and daughter-in-law Fanchon Blythe. The delights of Lois’s life included her nine grandchildren; Brien, Austin, Meghann, Ashley, Phillip, Kaleb, Jacob, Hannah, and Luke. Lois also has one great-grandchild Brooks (Meghann). Lois is also survived by her two sister-in-laws Joyce Larson and Marion Blythe. Lois was also loved by a host of nieces and nephews. Until recently Lois led an active life with a large number of friends, and was “Grandma Blythe” to many children in her church. Lois was also remembered fondly by former students, many who stayed in contact with her over the years. Lois enjoyed singing, playing the piano, reading, crocheting, and baking cookies. Lois was a Christian since she was a young girl and loved the Lord. Granite Falls is where she lived and heaven is now her home. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, November 9th, 11am at Christ Community Church in Granite Falls. Arrangements are being handled by Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home. For questions call 360-659-3711.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 9, 2012

Lois Virginia Blythe

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Mary MacPhail

November 9, 2012

Lois was a true and beautiful soul. She took such an interest in our family and its heritage, and we were blessed to have her among us. I will miss her. Love and prayerful support goes to this beloved family who is grieving for their dear mother.

Chuck Smith

November 9, 2012

Sorry to hear, my wife and i talked alot with her in town at the Legion hall and at the cemetery. We will miss her.
Chuck and Colleen Smith
AML Commander & Cemetery Sexton

Bill and Judy Larson

November 9, 2012

Aunt Lois is now with her heavenly Father who she loved so very much. She was a blessing to our family. Blessings to you david, susan and janet. May the Lord give you comfort and peace.

Liza (Rosman) Kyes

November 8, 2012

I an so sorry to see that Mrs. Blythe has passed away. I was blessed to have been able to know this family. Mrs Blythe is with her Savior now, and my deepest sympathy, love, and prayers are for her family. God bless you Janet.

Dottie (Durant) Simoni

November 8, 2012

Lois was a truly amazing woman, and she will be missed by all who knew her. I feel blessed to have known her while I was growing up, and she was always loved and respected! David, Susan and Janet, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jesse Swartzfager

November 8, 2012

Very good friend. End of an era.

Paul Larson

November 8, 2012

Aunt Lois was an incredible women with many talents, she always seemed to greet everyone with a smile. We always felt at home when we visited and of coarse always learned something new. She will be missed and it is comforting to know she is at her heavenly home.

Paul and Kris Larson

November 8, 2012

Our heart and thoughts are with all of you. For the few years that I have known her, she had become a great joy to my life...may she rest and find enternal harmony with all that have loved her....Love and prayers to all of you, David, Susan and Janet, through this most difficult time.....Paul and Kris Larson

Sundie Kombol

November 8, 2012

I remember her being a sub. teacher for a few of my classes. She always had a beautiful smile. I still can recall Louis and my mother always talking about the kids in Granite Falls . It was something they had in interest was children. I remember the last time I seen her was at my mother's funeral, she came all the way from Granite to pay her repects to our family. She always had a kind word. We will miss her around the town and school. May the family find peace at this time and remember the good times together. Remember she is looking down on you all.

Robert Larson

November 7, 2012

To think about all the fond memories of my Aunt Lois makes me smile the biggest smile in a long time. She would always find a way to call me her favorite without offending all her other favorites. Aunt Lois gave me my first Bible at the age of ten. I still have it, but it's a little worn. Her friends and family who have gone before her are now laughing with her in heaven.