Lois J. (Lord) Boydston
January 19, 1925-February 17, 2012
Lois J. (Lord) Boydston, daughter of Floyd Earl and Mary Frances (“Mamie” Hill) Lord of Snohomish, Washington, died at Hospice of Saint John in Lakewood, Colorado on February 17, 2012 at the age of 87 due to complications from lymphoma and leukemia. Memorial services will be held at the GAR cemetery Saturday October 26, 2013 at 10:00am.
Lois, the younger sister of Stanley and Warren Lord, was born in Snohomish, Washington January 19, 1925. She grew up on the farm her grandfather, Mitchell Lord, homesteaded and her father continued to operate.
At the age of 5 Lois started taking piano lessons along with tap dancing and art. Lois said her mother wanted to make sure she was exposed to the arts as part of her education. After school, Lois would go to her grandparents’, (Hiram and Iva Hill) home on Cedar Street and play the foot-pump organ. Lois played classical, as well as jazz, and pop music. She could take a simple melody and improvise adding different tempos, cords, and musical styles and do it all on the fly. Later, as her music abilities grew, she composed her own music.
Lois attended elementary and high school in Snohomish Washington and earned her teaching credential at Central Washington College. She went on to teach elementary school for a short time. Walking home one day in the rain and drizzle with her long time friend, Gary Wilson, they decided to go somewhere sunny which was Denver Colorado, the beginning of Lois’s many travels. While working for Mountain Bell in Denver, Lois met (Blair) Donald Boydston and was married July 5, 1946. She accompanied Don to Singapore during his army enlistment returning to Seattle to start a family and for Don to finish his degree. Employment relocated the family to California in the early 1950’s. In the 1960’s Lois played the piano and organ for St. Joseph’s church and provided the music for the church’s annual plays. In the 1970’s, Don’s job took them to Guatemala, Belize, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Walnut Creek. They also traveled to Italy, France, Germany, Austria, England, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Mexico, South America and the States. Through all the travels, children and household duties, Lois continued her music both taking and giving lessons. Wherever there was a piano, Lois could be heard playing it.
One of Lois’s other passions, was reading books. She volunteered for libraries and an used book store which supported hospice. She was also an excellent cook providing many unique meals. She believed in exercise and fresh foods grown in your garden before it was a fad.
Lois was a kind and generous person who always gave of herself for others. She is survived by her husband Don, her four children – Monica Henson, Mark Boydston, Mary Anderson and Tom Boydston, her nieces Diane and Debbie Lord (Stanley’s girls), and her nephews Michael and Steve Lord (Warren’s boys), and her sister-in-law Loretta Lord (Stanley’s wife), eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
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