Reynolds Funeral Chapel

2466 Addison Ave East, Twin Falls, ID


Lois Francis McDonald

September 15, 1943September 2, 2019

Lois Francis McDonald, beloved, mother and meema left this earth on September 2, 2019 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Lois was born September 15, 1943, in Port Washington, New York where she grew up with her two older and 3 younger sisters. She worked at Louies Seashore Restaurant, opened by her grandparents in 1905. It was here that she mastered baking pies and cooking for a crowd. Her stepfather was stationed in Garmisch, Germany where he moved his wife and five youngest daughters in 1964. It was a playground for the older sisters, living on the US army base in the charming mountain town in the heart of Bavarian Alps. The stories are infamous and many – great and wild times, not suitable for printing here. After two years in Europe, Lois followed her soon to be married sister, Patti, to Kimberly, Idaho where she met John McDonald in 1966. They fell in love and married soon after. In January of 1969, they moved their young family north to Ketchum, Idaho. Lois was a gifted interior designer for the larger part of thirty years. She owned her own business, Boulder Concepts, and had many loyal and admiring clients. She was very active in the community and instrumental in creating the first kindergarten class at Hemingway Elementary School. She was one of the earliest members of both the Papoose Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Always an enthusiastic supporter of education and children’s programs, she served on the parent auxiliary boards at the local schools and was a leader in creating and first Senior Bash for high school graduates in the valley. Lois served on the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and devoted herself to the Sagebrush Therapeutic Riding Center at its inception and for many years, now the SwiftSure Ranch. She gave her time generously and delighted in working with others for the betterment of all. As much as she committed herself to her community, she was the living example of generosity to friends and family – always ready to host a dinner, bbq or party. Without contest, she made the best brownies in the world. She could magically prepare a meal for any number of guests...the more, the better. She was a friend to all and never knew a stranger. Whether you found her in her garden, her motor home at Redfish Lake or watching the sunset at Keawakapu Beach in Maui, she sought and cultivated joy everywhere she went. Lois took great joy in playing with her grandchildren and loved them beyond measure… not one can recall her ever telling them “no”. Her laugh was boisterous and infectious, drawing the attention of anyone remotely near as it uniquely traveled its path… loud and often. She loved singing and dancing and was a sly card player and an exceptional partner in crime – if there was fun to be found, she would be there, leading the charge. Lois was preceded in death by her mother Lilian Rau, father Frederick John Lovett, step-father Colonel William A. Rau and beloved sister Patti Williams. Lois is survived by her husband of 52 years, John H. McDonald, her children Michelle, David and Johnny and five grandchildren Gavin, Rachel, Makena, Teague and Savanna. Lois is one of six sisters and is survived by Linda Milner, Alice Rau, Kathy Rosler- Cuce and Mary Russo. She is also survived by loving in-laws and many dear nieces, nephews and more friends than can be counted. A private graveside service will be held September 15, 2019 at Ketchum Cemetery. All are welcome at a celebration of her life on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the McDonald’s home, weather permitting. If not, it will be held at Ketchum American Legion Hall, Ketchum, Idaho. In her loving memory, the family suggests donation be made to Ketchum American Legion Hall, P.O. Box 625 Ketchum, Idaho 83340.


  • Frederick John Lovett, Father (deceased)
  • Lilian Rau, Mother (deceased)
  • Colonel William A. Rau, Step-father (deceased)
  • John H. McDonald, Husband
  • Michelle, David, & Johnny, Children
  • Gavin, Rachel, Makena, and Savanna, Grandchildren
  • Linda Milner, Sister
  • Alice Rau, Sister
  • Kathy Rosler-Cuce, Sister
  • Mary Russo, Sister
  • Patti Williams, Sister (deceased)
  • Loving in-laws and many dear nieces and nephews and more friends than can be counted.

  • David McDonald, Pallbearer
  • Johnny McDonald, Pallbearer
  • Danny Albright, Pallbearer
  • Gavin McDonald, Pallbearer
  • Teague McDonald, Pallbearer
  • Whitney Albright, Pallbearer


  • Private Graveside Service Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Lois's Life Sunday, September 15, 2019


Lois Francis McDonald

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