Lois Blades

Dates

April 2, 1936 - March 18, 2020

Obituary

Lois Blades, 83, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  A Celebration of Life will be at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 11, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. If you choose to give a memorial the Blades family wish it would go to the Love Feast, where Lois spent a lot of her time helping. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A life so beautifully lived, deserves to be beautifully remembered. With great sadness we announce the passing of Lois Anne Blades on March 18, at the age of 83. Lois was born on April 2, 1936 to Marten Leander and Elin (Elmeda) Peterson in Kadoka, South Dakota. Lois was the youngest of 6 children, all which preceded her in death.  

Lois Blades attended Dakota Wesleyan University where she met her husband James Blades. Lois graduated from DWU with a teaching degree. She married James Blades on March 26, 1960 in Mitchell. They would have celebrated their 60th Anniversary this year. They lived in Alexandria, South Dakota until 1966 when they moved to Mitchell. Lois taught business classes part time at DWU, substitute taught at the Mitchell high school, and did home tutoring. Lois retired over 25 years ago, but did not sit and relax. Instead she spent her time volunteering. It was always part of Lois’s Christian values to put others before herself. Lois and Jim volunteered over 740 days at the James Valley Community Center helping people through the SHIINE program. Lois also volunteered with the American Cancer Society, Meal on Wheels, and selling Corn Palace Tickets. Lois had volunteered to help Love Feast since it began over 22 years ago. Lois was also active in Eastern Star and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her husband, James Blades; two sons, Jerry (Marcia) Blades of Broomfield, CO and Robert (Becky) Blades of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, James Weldon Blades and Alana Blades of Broomfield, CO, Katelynne Blades Clark and Nathan Clark II of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jordan Blades of Lincoln, NE; her dearest niece, Vicki Miller Taggart; and nephews, William Peterson, Lee Peterson, Dale Peterson, Burt Peterson, and Marc Peterson.

Lois is preceded in death by her sisters, Irna Peterson, Ellen Peterson Miller, and Joyce Peterson; brothers, Harvey Peterson and Ivan Peterson, and nephews, Kent Miller and John Peterson.


Visitation(s)

None Scheduled

Service

Date
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Time
10:30 AM
Location
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Posted by Sheila Letcher on July 12, 2020
Lois was one of a kind and in her quiet way did amazing acts of kindness and love. She will be dearly missed by her many fiends. My love, sympathy and prayers to all her family at this sad time.
Posted by Lynnette Chamley Schilling on July 2, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Jim and the boys. Grew up by the Blades. Remember them very much.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on July 1, 2020
So sorry for this great loss ! Lois was loved by everyone that was blessed to know her .You all are in our prayers .
Posted by Ruth M. Sejnoha on June 1, 2020
So sorry, Condolences to Jim & family. Miss her. R S
Posted by Carli Steffes on April 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Lois passing away! I just happened to look at the obit's in the Daily Republic. God be with her family.
Posted by Jan Koch on April 19, 2020
I just found out told that our friend Lois passed away on March 18th. I was so very, very sorry to hear that. She was a wonderful lady who helped anyone in need. Jim & Lois both helped me through the Shine Program. They never said no.She will be greatly missed by many. No matter how bad she felt, she always had a smile on her face. With our deepest sympathy to Jim and family, Jan & Jerry Koch
Posted by Jan Koch on April 19, 2020
I just found out told that our friend Lois passed away on March 18th. I was so very, very sorry to hear that. She was a wonderful lady who helped anyone in need. Jim & Lois both helped me through the Shine Program. They never said no.She will be greatly missed by many. No matter how bad she felt, she always had a smile on her face. With our deepest sympathy to Jim and family, Jan & Jerry Koch
Posted by Doug Papendick on April 4, 2020
Jim, Lois was a great lady. Always so kind and friendly. Let me know if you need anything and I will be more than happy to help.
Posted by Rube & Pat Adam on March 28, 2020
Spent lots of visits with Lois & Jim when they were involved with MACA. Lois also played Bunco in our group several times. Had lots of good times with her & she was good at it as well. We will miss her!! Blessings to Jim & family.
Posted by Rose Carson on March 28, 2020
I will truly miss her and her bubblie personality. She helped me get acquainted here in Mitchell and I will be eternally grateful for all she did for me and the community
Posted by Larry & Mary Crane on March 28, 2020
Dear Family,
We extend our heartfelt sympathy,
Thanks for all the wonderful things you did for our church and community.
Hugs Mary
Posted by Mary Persson on March 24, 2020
Lois was my high school biology teacher so I’ve known her a long time. Our sympathy and prayers Jim. Lois was a very giving and wonderful lady.
Posted by Kim Burg on March 24, 2020
Lois along with her husband Jim helped with the Shine program for many years at James Valley Community Center where I work. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Mary Freeman on March 24, 2020
Lois did so much for our community that people don't even know about. Lois & Jim's volunteerism for the Shine program helped so many people including me. I always enjoyed seeing them when they helped me each year. My sympathies to Jim and his family. Lois will be dearly missed by many.
Posted by Shannons on March 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Lois was a great friend to Dorothy and to our family.
Posted by Hollie Karber on March 22, 2020
Lois was a great lady! So sorry for your loss Jim and family!
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