Oct. 10, 1922 — Aug. 23, 2013
Lois Geneva Sporleder passed away on Aug. 23, 2013, at age 90 in the loving arms of her daughters. She was born in Pendleton on Oct. 10, 1922, to James Eaton and Elizabeth Pinkley Eaton. Lois’ father pastored in many churches so Lois spent her childhood moving from Pendleton, Pomeroy, Milton-Freewater and Toppenish.
Lois graduated in 1940 from Toppenish High School, where she played piano, violin and sang in operettas. After high school, she moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and later to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She always talked about how she climbed up and down the hills of Seattle to go to work in high heels.
After the war was over, she moved to Walla Walla and was a bookkeeper for Eugene Tausick at the Grand Hotel.
Lois was introduced to Edwin Sporleder by his brother, Fred. She liked Ed even with his yellow eyes from malaria and hepatitis that he had contracted during the war. Ed proposed to her at the Triple X drive-in and they were married on Oct. 20, 1946, at her parents’ home in Milton-Freewater.
Lois continued to work at the Grand Hotel while Ed and Fred were starting Sporleders, their mens’ clothing store. Later she helped at the store for many years doing bookkeeping and working in the tailor shop.
Lois was very active in family activities especially after her daughters, Judith Ann and Jane Louise, were born. She helped with school events, Camp Fire and Wagonette trips.
Lois had fun singing in a trio with Shirley Dunham and Betty Gehr Batey. She also played piano for PEO Chapter AD, and different groups and for family and friend sing-a-longs.
Lois had the title of “hostess with the mostest.” She was a gourmet cook and friends and family always enjoyed dinner parties at her house. Lois’ cookie jar was always full and her sugar and oatmeal cookies were a favorite to everyone, especially the neighborhood kids.
She was a great decorator and would help her friends to make decorating decisions. Lois could build, sew, or cook anything – even a 35-pound Thanksgiving turkey.
Lois worked with Welcome Wagon, Carnegie Art Center and volunteered to plan golf and special activities at the Walla Walla Country Club. She was a member and past president of Junior Club and her PEO Chapter AD group. She enjoyed the game of golf and was an avid member of the 18 Holers at the Walla Walla Country Club.
Lois and Ed spent many years of their retirement traveling to Palm Desert to enjoy golf, friends and the sunshine. They also traveled to Europe together which was a lifetime dream come true.
Lois and Ed were devoted to each other for 56 years. After he passed away in 2002, she kept active with friends and family. She loved participating in the activities of her two grandchildren, Audra and Christopher.
Lois is survived by her daughters, Judy Jackley and Jane Sporleder of Walla Walla; her grandchildren, Audra Jane Jackley and Christopher James Kelly of Seattle. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Bob Sporleder of Walla Walla; and sister-in-laws, Corleen Sporleder Litsey and Laura Sporleder Mangum of Nampa, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed Sporleder; her sisters, Gladys Patterson, Novella Seebeck, Ruth Helke and Lillian Eaton; and her brothers, James Eaton and Arnold Eaton.
Lois’ family is grateful for her “special friends” who gave her such loving care at Eagle Springs.
A gravesite service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Memorials may be made to the Carnegie Picture Lab, Hospice of Walla Walla, the YWCA Womens’ Center or to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.