Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Lois Backstrom Memorial
Lois Backstrom Memorial

Lois Backstrom

Lois Backstrom

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Lois Edith Backstrom, 90, a lifelong resident of Sedro-Woolley, Washington passed away at her home on Thursday December 12, 2019, the home in which she was born.

She was born on April 6, 1929 to John and Mary (Petersen) Anderson.  She was raised and attended schools in Sedro-Woolley, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1947.  Go Cubs!

On May 7, 1949 she was united in marriage to Gene W. Backstrom in Sedro-Woolley and there they made their home and raised their family.

Lois was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She worked as a switch board operator and volunteered her time to the Cascade Christian Church (formerly the Township Street Church of Christ), the Hospital Guild for United General Hospital and the Helping Hands Food Bank.  She loved to travel, camp and be with her family.

Lois was a loving mother to her children; Barbara Backstrom (Dale Buss) of Ferndale, WA, Diane Backstrom of Colville, WA, Gene Backstrom (Barbara) of Kenai, AK, Katy Stall (John) of Sutherlin, OR, Glenn Backstrom (Jennifer) of Sedro-Woolley, WA, and Amanda Hall (Greg) of Sedro-Woolley, WA.

She was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Chad (Holly), Jeremy, Zac (Beth), Nick (Kim), Gavin, Lane (Aly), Michelle, Andrew, Katie, and Emily; 4 great-grandchildren, Kyle, Ashley, Adelina, and Ronin; her sister, Joyce Amundson of Arlington, WA, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene; sisters, Marjorie Anderson and Bernice Oakes; brothers, Leonard “Fritz”, Andy, and Dick Anderson.

A special thank you to Virginia Rosencrantz, a lifelong friend to Lois and for all of your special care.

A Life Celebration Service will be held and announced in the spring of 2020.  Her final resting place will be at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery.  Memorials in honor of Lois are suggested to the Sedro-Woolley Alumni Association or to the Gavin Backstrom Memorial Scholarship fund (940 Baleen Ave, Kenai, AK 99611).

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.  Share memories of Lois and sign the online guest register.



  • Sandy Sjogren

    Lois was such a beautiful person. She was like a second mom to many of us and always had a wonderful smile. I will miss her…but, will look forward to seeing her again in Heaven!! Prayers going out for the family as they mourn her loss her on earth.

  • Arlene Grimbly

    What a wonderful lady. You will be missed. Always there when anyone needed you. A great lady. My deepest sympathy to Greg and Amanda and Emily and family

  • Bob and Kristy Mason

    We didn’t know you real well, but we knew you were a very sweet and kind lady. I’m sure you will be greatly missed by your family. Heaven has gained another wonderful child of God.

  • Dawn Jones/Bossom

    I miss you so much. You were the kindest person I’ve ever known. Love you lots.


    You couldn’t have found a sweeter kinder woman. Such a great friend to my mom for all these years. My heart goes out to the family she was very special!

  • Kimberly Perkovich-Carroll

    Thank you so much grandma for welcoming me into your family and loving me as your own! I didn’t have a lot of time, but I will always cherish our memories together and the letters I have from you. Definitely going to miss writing to you. Give Gavin love for me, and give my dad a hug.
    I love you, and miss you so very much.

  • Betty Germain

    My dear friend for quite a long time. We shared a lot the passing of both our dear husbands. Children getting married and grand children to being born. She will be missed by her family and friends. I know that God is your comfort and Believed she is with the Lord. My love to all of family. Sincerely, Betty Germain and family.

  • Tammie Weide Reichlin

    Oh auntie Lois, you were such a joy. You are now up in heaven with my mom, Maybelle. You will be missed. Well done. Well done.

  • Marilyn Davis Schwartz

    Lois was truly a Proverbs 31 woman, strong and virtuous – kind, patient, loving, generous, and often quietly behind the scenes doing what needed to be done. She was influential and appreciated in the lives of the Davis family as we grew. Our mother loved Lois, and she spoke often of what Lois and the entire Anderson family meant to her throughout her youth. Lois’ sister Marjorie was Mom’s dear friend in high school, and her early death touched Mom’s heart forever. (Our sister Margery was named after her.) Lois lived her faith, and I pray that our Lord will give you who are left behind comfort and assurance that she is rejoicing with the angels today.

  • Jennifer Backstrom

    Mom, For the last 30 years I have been blessed to have had the best Mom-in-law ever. From day one you welcomed me into your family and home. Over the years you taught me so many things from canning, making the best pie crust, awesome nursery rhymes, old wives tales and best of all, learning to enjoy the time we have with our kids as time is precious and we only get a short time to enjoy it. I am going to miss all the sweet things you did for Glenn and I, our little chit chats (wishing we had more), decorating your house for Christmas and the 4th of July and the joy you brought us all. Thank you for being such a wonderful Grandma and even better mom…I miss and love you….Jen

  • Marlene Davis Schuck

    What an incredible woman…….we will miss her so much. Her legacy of love will live on in our hearts.