Lois Mariani passed away peacefully on May 5, 2017 at Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Estates. She had lived there for the past eight years and was 96 years old.
Lois was born in Tacoma on September 11, 1920 to Lew and Marie Floydstead. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1938 and also attended University of Puget Sound before her marriage to Antone F. (Sonny) Mariani in 1941.Together they raised two sons.
Lois worked for United Mutual Savings Bank and was instrumental in the functioning of the school savings program during the years her sons were in school. She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she was baptized as an adult in 1952. She was also active in the Slavonian American Benevolent Society with her husband and took great pride in its importance to the Old Town community. She enjoyed her regular sewing Club meetings, although we are not certain they got much sewing done. She loved her cats, dogs, birds, and ducks when the boys were young and continued throughout her life to have at least one cat on her lap most times. Her great love of gardening was important and she loved to see all the beautiful scenery around her at Point Defiance, especially when the rhododendrons were in bloom. Most of all, children always made her smile, and she was so good at trying to keep up with all their ages and activities.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband in 1988 and her son Donald in 1997. She is survived by her son, Dr. Richard Mariani (Jane); her three grandchildren, Christy Gullard (Jack), Brenda Mullins (Jim), and Dr. Mark Mariani (Erika); and her six great-grandchildren, Taya and Ryland Gullard, Caden Mullins, and Luke, Kellen, and Zeke Mariani.
We praise God for her life with us and the untold gifts of her love that we have all received. God bless you Grandma Lolo!
A graveside service will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery at 10:30am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Remembrances may be made to the Tacoma Humane Society, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, or The Slavonian Hall.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family.