Lois Mae Longfield

May 9, 1926 - May 11, 2019 Lois Mae Longfield was born May 9, 1926 in Everett, WA to Herbert T. and Veda May Colton. Her fondest memories of her childhood were formed on her family's cattle ranch in Dobbins, CA, where she and her sisters enjoyed the joys of small-town life and close relationships. Her family later moved back to Washington, where she graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1944 and soon afterward entered nurses training in the Cadet Nursing program at Everett General Hospital. Obstetrics being her forte, she would often regale her family with stories of the work she loved. After receiving her degree as a registered nurse, she married her beloved husband, Lawrence K. (Lorry) Longfield in 1947. As a couple they loved ballroom dancing, especially a smooth and lively Foxtrot. More than once they were mistaken for professional dancers. But even dancing didn't compare to their love of the outdoors. With their four kids in tow, they spent many vacations, days off, and weekends hiking, fishing, camping or hunting. Lois was a dedicated mother, skilled seamstress, energetic world traveler, tireless volunteer in church and community, enthusiastic decorator, creative photographer, and inveterate shopper. When she was a young mother she enjoyed a variety of activities, from belly dancing to bowling to yoga. An adventurer and aviatrix at heart, she took flying lessons in her 60s, fulfilling her long-time goal of piloting a Cessna. She never left the joy of physical challenge behind as she aged. For her 90th birthday she went zip-lining with her kids and grandkids! She was generous to a fault, head-strong, opinionated, loving, and a wonderful friend to many. A woman of faith throughout her life, most Sundays would find Lois in the pews of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Everett. Lois is survived by her children, Lawrence K. Longfield, Jr. (Autumn), Lynn Longfield, Teresa Thorpe, and Jeffrey Longfield (Lynda); sisters, Elizabeth Ruthford and June Bartley; grandchildren, Andrew and Christopher Farnum, Kyle and Justin Thorpe; and great-grandchildren, Naomi, Natalie, Everett, and Opal. Her husband, Lorry, died in 1988. The family extends special appreciation to the care staff of Garden Court Retirement Community and Providence Hospice Home Health. Memorials in Lois' name may be sent to Seattle Children's Hospital or Westminster Presbyterian Church, Everett. Services will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery, Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow.


Funeral Home

Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery
4504 Broadway Everett, WA 98203
(425) 252-2244

Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 9, 2019