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.