Obituary: Elinor Blakely


Obituary: Elinor Blakely peacefully passed away to her Heavenly Father Monday, May 4. Born Sept. 25, 1923 to Mindi and Jenny Olson. Life was an adventure for Elinor. She grew up on the family farm on the Kickerville Road and graduated from Custer High School as a proud Custer Cougar. She was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge from age 18. And the Lutheran Church. She worked at the Home Café in Blaine, Oertel's Market, worked during WWII building B17 airplanes in Seattle, was a bus driver for the Blaine School District, was on the Board of Stafholt Icelandic Home, volunteered at Stafholt as shuttle driver & hair dresser, volunteered at the Blaine Senior Center, and even worked real estate for Wm.T. Follis Real Estate, Silver Fir Realty Inc., & Century 21 Semiahmoo Realty. She married the love of her life Skip Blakely Oct. 18, 1947. And raised their family in Blaine. Nothing was more important than God & family to her. She would always entertain with her Lutefisk song at family reunions or any occasion. She loved to sing! She loved to play any games (cards, bingo, dominoes, golf, bocce, horseshoes & bowling). Camping, fishing & hiking were also favorite activities for the family. Many fishing trips were made to remote lakes in B.C. with good friends Jim & Jean Kimbrough. And camping trips with Sonny & Olive Olson. She loved to travel and made numerous bus tours to many states & Canada. Australia was her favorite trip. She loved to watch her grandkids & great grandkids play sports. She loved to sew her kids school clothes & majorette uniforms! She knit beautiful afgans, crochet, tatting, and painted. She loved her church family and all her friends at the senior center. The last 2 years she lived at Stafholt and loved everyone there. Her smile was a blessing to everyone around her. She was 100% Icelandic … and very proud of that. Several fabulous trips were made to Iceland to visit family and friends. She would always say, “Doesn't get any better than this!” Elinor was kind and loving to everyone … she was the essence of Love. Preceeded in death by her mother and father, husband Skip, brother Sonny, sisters: Margaret, Marion (Butch), Janet (Stan), niece Louise and granddaughter Lisa. Leaves behind son Mick (Toni), daughters Sally (Randy) and Sara (Steve), son Reid. Grandkids: Sara K., Michael (Tamera), Margie & Heidi. Great Grandkids: Christijiana (Kyle), Austin, Tyler, Alisa, Jennessy, Brayden, Griffin and Lauryn. Great great Grandkids: Gavin, Abigail & Ezra

Funeral arragements: Celebration of Life to be announced later in Summer.


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