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Lois Ann Rancourt

age 89, last residing in Covington, WA, passed peacefully in her sleep the morning of July 29, 2017.

Lois was born in Everett, WA on March 17, 1928 (St. Patrick’s Day) to Ann (O’Neill) and James Persons. A friend from school, Fran Rancourt, introduced Lois to her dazzling brother Dewey. They dated and both graduated from Everett High School. She went on to train for nursing in Everett.

Lois and Dewey were wed on July, 15 1947, and lived in North Seattle, (by the Fishbowl) where they started to build a family. Changes in employment and family size took her South further to Bryn Mawr, then across Renton to Kennydale.

Lois loved to garden and avidly collected plants and rocks. Many times, while in the car she said,” Oh, Dewey, pull over!”. He would comply and she would arrive home with another plant, or rock. 

She painted with passion. She “colorized” black and white photos, hand painted art deco around her kitchens, expressed acrylics on paper and achieved impressive success with oil on canvas.

Our mother danced. Oh, how she loved to dance! Lois and Dewey loved dancing together and did so frequently. 

She leaves behind her only sibling, Nancy (Persons) Sorensen of California; children Michael R. and wife Teresa Rancourt, Janis E. (Rancourt) and husband Steve Foss; Lee Ann (Rancourt) and husband Kirk Henriksen; and James D. and Paulette (Olson) Rancourt. As well as many grand and great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Ruthaven, Inc.
15843 S.E. 256th St.
Covington, WA 98042

(253) 631-5600


Hello Rancourt Family, I so loved your dear Mother. We were good friends during our years together at Renton First Baptist Church, and I had the opportunity to assist her teaching Sunday School for 5th graders (or was it 5th and 6th graders?), in the early 1960's. If I remember correctly Janis and our Lauri were in that class? I remember a chorus we would often sing at the beginning of our class -- can't remember who played the piano for us -- but that chorus has stuck in my mind through the years and is still important to me: "They will know we are Christians by our love." I am sad to learn of her passing, and even more sad because her last years were difficult, and she was not able to be the happy, beautiful lady whom I remember. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as we remember her vibrant years. Your parents were a wonderful example of a Christian marriage. I have been blessed to re-connect with Janis and LeeAnn on Facebook. If your memorial service for her is open to more than family would you please Leo and me know? Loving you all in Christ's Name,
Sharon L. Pakkala

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