Lois Ione Klemp Thomas

May 11, 1930 - March 4, 2008

Lois Ione Klemp Thomas (nee Sayles) of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away at Three Rivers Hospital on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, due to heart and kidney failure. She was born in Waukesha on May 11, 1930, to Charles and Charlotte Sayles, the 11th of 12 children. She was a direct descendent of pioneer Wisconsinite Stephen Sayles, who founded the village of Saylesville, which still exists.

Lois was an employee of AT&T and the American Legion in Waukesha before moving to Eureka, Calif., in 1962, where she was employed at Humboldt Medical Center (now General Hospital). She attended the Frederick and Charles Beauty Studio, where she won an award for a hairstyle she called "My Connie." She was also employed at St. Vincent de Paul. After moving to Grants Pass in 1972, she was employed at Litton Industries and later Evergreen Bank.

Lois had many talents. As a youngster, she was an accomplished gymnast and was invited to perform in Waukesha and Pewaukee. In high school, she performed with other swimmers in aquatic ballets. Lois loved to cook, bake and make homemade liqueurs. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, oil and acrylic painting and especially Brazilian embroidery. Lois won many awards at the Josephine County Fair for her ceramic works and embroideries. She volunteered at the fair for several years, even after losing her leg to diabetes.

Lois is survived by her daughters, Marsha (Norm) Eastridge of Grants Pass and Constance Klemp of Kingsport, Tenn.; son-in-law, Dennis Spoon of Cottonwood, Calif., stepchildren, Donna, James and Richard Thomas, all of Oregon; sister, Kathryn (James) Bordman of Eureka, Calif.; and a brother, Jerome (Mae) Sayles of Nashotah. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lois was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Klemp; her second husband, Grant Thomas; daughters, Becky Allbaugh and Cynthia Klemp; a grandson, Michael Thomas; her brothers, Fred, Raymond, Virgil, Jack and Wayne, and sisters, Beatrice Hearron, Ruth, Carol Page and Harriet Schmitz.

Memorial services for Lois were held Saturday, March 8, at Hull and Hull Funeral Home in Grants Pass, with nephew George Page officiating.

Lois will be sadly missed by all her family and friends in Waukesha, Eureka and Grants Pass. Contributions in Loisí name may be made to the American Heart Association or to the St. Vincent de Paul Wall of Fame fund in Eureka.

A special thank you to the staff, especially nurses Kristin and Shelley, at Three Rivers who gave Lois so much TLC.