Lois Louise (Arvey)
Phillips, 92, died quietly of an early morning on December 15,
2016, with her beloved dog and companion, Smoky, by her side.
The youngest child
of Haskell and Ella (Queen) Arvey, Lois was born on May 28,
1924, in Cowee, North Carolina.
Music was an important part of the Arvey family life.
One Sunday, while playing guitar and singing with some
girls at church, their music was heard by a young man from
outside the building. When her future husband, Ralph, peeped through the church
window, his mind became set in determined pursuit.
Lois and Ralph were married on April 5, 1942, in
Clayton, Georgia. They
moved to Albany, Oregon in 1946 and to Stayton, Oregon in
1950, where they lived for 55 years.
Lois was never idle,
enjoying many interests.
In addition to caring for her family, she square
danced, camped, gardened, canned food, upholstered,
wall-papered, sewed many garments, and created beautiful oil
especially enjoyed preparing and sharing meals.
Lois volunteered as a hospital aide at Santiam Memorial
Hospital for what was to eventually become the auxiliary
Cheerette program. During the 1960ís, she also bowled on a womenís league at
Stayton Bowl. She
took guitar lessons in the 1970ís, played with an
all-womenís band, The
Grateful Grandies, and continued to strum guitar and play
harmonica into the latter years of her life.
She is preceded in
death by her parents, Haskell and Ella (Queen) Arvey; husband,
Ralph E. Phillips; all her brothers and sisters, Robert,
Belle, Furman, Clyde, Maude, Paul, Mae, Gordon, and Claude;
and son-in-law, Ernest Rogers.
Lois is survived by
daughters, Carolyn Rogers of Portland, Janice (Lloyd) Lowry of
Salem, and Gayle (Mark) Cantrell of Windham, New Hampshire;
grandchildren Jayson Pakulak of Salem, Matthew Pakulak of
Rockledge, Florida, and Tegan Cantrell of Windham, New
Hampshire; and nine treasured great-grandchildren.
The family extends
special thanks to Premier Care Homes for their service. Arrangements
are being handled by North
Santiam Funeral Service