Julia Mae Blewett was able to go to heaven to meet her daughter, Gina. She died of natural causes on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Mae’s life will be celebrated with a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. on her birthday, Nov. 3, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, with dinner to follow.
Mae was born Nov. 3, 1930 to Bert Ankney in Palouse and Bessie (Bonnalie).
Mae graduated in 1948 from Lapwai School. Mae met Jack Blewett during her senior year. They were then married in August 1948. They recently celebrated the 73rd anniversary.
After Mae married Jack, they lived on Webb Road as a couple for two years in a rental. Their daughter Lynda was also born there. They moved to Sweetwater later, where they had four more children.
Mae was a gifted artist, decorator, craftsperson, and cook. Mae was a homebody who loved her home. She had many friends who moved from one home to the next each month to help with house cleaning and to share lunch.
A “Happy Helpers”Mae and her friends in the area created the club where they made clothes for an orphanage, and had tea parties.
The daughters reminisced about Mom’s hobbies before she went to work outside of the home. Her old treadle sewing machine was a great tool for making a lot of our clothes.
Mom loved jewelry and her hairstyles. She enjoyed reading romance novels, true tales, and mysteries. She loved listening to the radio and listened to lots of records, particularly Tennessee Ernie Ford and Charlie Pride. It was a favorite pastime to watch the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Flowers were another favourite hobby. An annual, hanging baskets and outdoor decor were all favorites. Dad was responsible for maintaining the yard with perennials.
Dad and Mom enjoyed gardening and eating the fruits.
Mom enjoyed watching TV variety programs like Dean Martin, Dick Van Dyke, Lawrence Welk, and Dean Martin. Mom was always quick to give the right answer.
Our dad could always count on hot, delicious meals. Even when she was working full-time, she continued to cook the same way. This included baking, making jams and canning fruit. Mom created freezer meals for Dad long before they were very popular.
Wedding cakes became another hobby — she was a perfectionist. She made all of her daughters’ wedding cakes and many of their wedding gowns.
Mom spent hours in the Orchards Community Church kitchen, as well as creating floral arrangements for tea parties and the changing seasons. fashionShows
She can make banana bread, potato salad, fried chicken, and chocolate cake in two hours if she hears of a family member’s death.
Our mother worked hard, contributing to our family bazaar for 17 year. She enjoyed working with us and visiting shoppers.
Mom’s kindness, soft-spoken voice, and quick sense of humor will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Jack (93); her youngest brother Rex Ankney; brother-in-law Tom (Linda) Blewett; her daughters Lynda (Phil) Taylor-Derby, of Rainier, Ore., Leanne (Randy) Keatts, of Clarkston, Joan (Steve) Boyle, Kristin (Dave) Gibson, all of Lewiston; grandchildren Chad (Stephanie), Scott (Kim), Jason (Sonia) Taylor, of Rainier, Ore., Larry (Monica) Keatts, of Richland, Laynie Moser, of Lewiston, Lauren Bradley, of Orofino, Alexa Ockwell, of Lewiston, Levi (Tyler Vail) Gibson, of Clarkston, Jake (Ashley) Boyle, Clay (Sammi Jo) Boyle, of Lewiston; stepgrandchildren Joshua (Thuong), Mona Derby, of Rainier, Ore; as well as 16 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren with three more on the way.
She was preceded by her parents, her sister Merle Ulber and her brothers Dale, Bill Bob, Doug, Mike Ankney, her daughter Gina Blewett Quesenberry and son-in-law Don Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gina Quesenberry Foundation PO Box 506, Lewiston ID 83501.