Passed Away Peacefully on October 26th, 2021
Lois Maxine Stewart Paris was born in Shelton, WA, on December 4th, 1927, to Mack Mainard Stewart and Ida Pearl Solbeck Stewart. Until age 5, she lived with her parents at the Lake Cushman Fishing Resort, which her father owned and operated. She then moved with her mother to Queen Ann Hill in Seattle after her parents separated. Lois attended Coe Elementary School, and her childhood activities included playing marbles and other games, and collecting stamps from around the world. She helped her mom create and sell flower corsages, and won awards at school for her beautiful penmanship. As a teenager, Lois cared for her sick mother, who died of cancer when Lois was 19 years old.
Lois graduated from Queen Ann High School in 1945, and later attended the University of Washington for 1 year. She married Donald F. Paris in 1947, and they eventually settled in Edmonds, WA, where they raised their 3 children: Pam, Don, and Jim.
Lois loved her family, and was involved in many of her kids’ activities. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafts, painting ceramics, and making homemade gifts. Lois especially liked playing card games with others, and attending local parades. She was the ultimate hostess, cooking and entertaining in her home for friends, business associates, and family holiday celebrations. She was a fantastic baker, and had an extensive cookbook collection. Lois loved to make people smile, and had a fun sense of humor and mischievousness about her.
Even though she had a fear of the water, Lois joined Don in all of their fishing and camping activities, allowed Don to install a swimming pool in the back yard of one of their Edmonds homes, and helped her family build a cabin on the Skykomish River. Lois and Don travelled across most of the United States in their motor home, went on several cruises, and enjoyed trips to Hawaii with friends.
Lois spent most of her life helping and serving others. She worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses, including Don’s real estate business, and later got her own realtor’s license. She was a member of the Lynnwood Emblem Club, serving as their President one year, and also as a Washington State Chaplain. Lois volunteered at the Edmonds Senior Center and Food Bank. She and her family first attended a Presbyterian church in Edmonds, then later the Edmonds United Methodist Church. Lois had a great love for God and country.
Lois is survived by daughter, Pam Paris, son Don Paris, son Jim Paris (Marcia); grandchildren: Christee Rowlands (Brian), Bard Buell, Steve Buell; Meghan Bean; Jana Gezon (Ben), Tim Paris (Michelle), Tracy Renick (Joe), and Jon Paris (Chelsea); great grandchildren: Ursula, Michael, & Emily Rowlands; Jacob, Hannah, & Ava Buell; Riley Buell; Andrew & Thomas Gezon; Madilyn Paris; Sadie & Summer Renick. Lois was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Don Paris, and her grandson, Isaac Buell.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lois on Saturday, December 4th, 2 p.m. – Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 19523 – 84th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026
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