Doris Jean (Smith) Blume, 90, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2023, surrounded by her family. Doris was the youngest of three children born to Oron and Thelma (Sly) Smith. She was born on December 22, 1932, in Moscow, Idaho. She attended schools in Moscow and graduated from Moscow High School in 1950. While Mom was growing up, her father owned a grocery store in Moscow and she spent many hours helping him out as his “side kick.”
It was bound to happen in a university town when Mom, as a senior in high school, met our Dad in April during his sophomore year while he was attending the University of Idaho. It must have been love at first sight because they were married 3 months later on July 2, 1950. They made their first home in Moscow, where they were blessed with their first son. Mom and Dad would live in several towns throughout Idaho during the early years of their marriage and eventually moved from Moscow to southern Idaho. While living there, they were blessed with their first daughter, who was also a surprise birthday present born on Mom’s 20th birthday! They returned to northern Idaho where they were blessed with another daughter. They finally settled down in Emmett where they were blessed with another son, and 7 years later blessed with their youngest son, completing their family. Mom and Dad were married 67 years with Dad passing just a couple weeks prior to their 68th Anniversary.
Doris was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She volunteered for many activities throughout her children’s school years as a Brownie Scout Leader, a 4-H Leader, countless turns at being a room mother with 5 children in school, helped with numerous fundraisers, and spent hours cooking pies, cookies, and cakes for various school activities and organizations her children joined. She was an accomplished seamstress and made clothes for her family, including formal gowns for her daughters to wear to school dances, as well as taking on the monstrous task of sewing two sets of floor-length lined drapes for her home.
Mom was very active in the community of Emmett and was a member of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, serving as President of the Episcopal Women’s Club. She was also a member of the PEO Chapter I and served as President. Mom was a homemaker while raising her family, but once her children were grown she spent 20 years working at Emmett High School in the positions of Assistant Librarian; then moving to the Counseling Office as Registrar.
Mom was an avid golfer and was a member of the Women’s Golf Association. She served as President and played her Best Round while pregnant with her youngest son. Mom also enjoyed playing Bridge and was a member of a local Bridge Club. She was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed camping, fishing, and waterskiing. Mom and Dad loved the mountains so much that they purchased some land near Donnelly on West Mountain and built a cabin, with help from family members. Mom was no stranger to swinging a hammer— (or to swinging a ping pong paddle, which is an inside joke only the family can appreciate.) Mom loved animals and the family grew up with many dogs and cats as cherished family members. Mom’s last companion was her beloved cat, Minnie.
Vacations for Mom and Dad early in life usually involved pulling a camp trailer to campgrounds along the Middle Fork of the Payette River with their young family, and later transitioned to the more convenient lifestyle of cabin life on West Mountain near Donnelly, where they enjoyed many summers. Mom and Dad visited Germany, Austria, and Italy while a son was stationed overseas. With children scattered throughout the U.S., Mom traveled with Dad for family visits to Colorado, Utah, California, Alaska, Oregon, Nebraska, and Washington. Mom and Dad enjoyed an anniversary trip to Hawaii, and she accompanied Dad on several work-related trips to Florida and Georgia.
Doris is survived by her son Tom (Karen), daughter Sandie Hoyle, daughter Chris (Dale) Holbrook, son Ted (Lorraine), and son Curt (Debbie). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren—Brandon (Mary) Hoyle and children Kody and Paige; Kristopher (Kat) Blume and son Wyatt; Heather (Matt) Dietz and children Ramon and Lillian; Michael (Olivia) Blume and daughter Ava; Jayme (Eric) Hadley and daughters Brittan Blume and Brooklyn Hartman; Scott Blume; Joe (Rachel) Holbrook; Nicole (Andrew) Gibbs; Zach (Frankie) Blume; and Delaney Blume. Doris is also survived by 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon (Ray); her parents, Oron and Thelma (Sly) Smith; her sister, Glenna-Jean Kriznar; her brother, Oron (Jack) Smith; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ivan and Helen Blume; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Milt and Maxine Blume; her brother-in-law, Ted F. Blume; son-in-law, Stuart Hoyle, and a niece and 2 nephews.
Having been born and raised in Moscow, Mom loved the University of Idaho. GO VANDALS!!!
The family would like to express a special thank you to the All Care Hospice staff for the compassionate care given to our Mom. In addition, the family would like to thank the Edgewood staff at Spring Creek Senior Living in Meridian for the kind care given to our Mom during her three months there.
Mom was transported to St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Meridian for her final 3 days, and the family would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the kind, compassionate and outstanding care given to her during that time. A special thank you for the 5th floor nursing staff, especially Jessica, Vanessa, Rochelle, and Casey who cared for Mom in her final hours.
A private family Celebration of Life will be held on September 30.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Pet Adoption League in Emmett.
Cremation services cared for by Potter Funeral Chapel of Emmett.
Mom was a devout Christian and although we will miss her, we know she is glad to be home. Rest in peace Mom!