Elinor Blakely peacefully passed away to her Heavenly Father Monday, May 4. Born Sept. 25, 1923 to Mindi and Jenny Olson. 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, worked during WWII building B17 airplanes in Seattle, worked at Oertel’s Market, 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 worked real estate for Wm.T. Follis Real Estate. 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 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. She was 100% Icelandic … and very proud of that. Several fabulous trips were made to Iceland to visit family and friends. “Life was an Adventure” she would always say. Elinor was kind 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
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Stafholt or Blaine Senior Center.