Lydia Permelia Cranston passed away Sept.19, 2012 in Davenport at the age of 100. Lydia was born August 20, 1912 in her grandmother Bockemuehls house in Miles to Joseph Kuno and Marguerite (Harris) Mutterer.
Lydia lived with her family at Fort Spokane and attended grade school at Miles. At age 10, she and her family moved to Old Daisy when her father took over the mail route and later ran the Daisy Station and Post Office. Lydia finished grade school at old Daisy and graduated high school from Kettle Falls High in 1930.
She married George Cranston on June 2, 1930. They were blessed with 76 years of marriage together until George's passÂŹing in 2006. The couple purchased the Daisy Store and Creamery in old Daisy and in 1939 moved the store and their homes to "new" Daisy, where they raised their three children. They lived there until 2005 when they moved to Davenport because of health concerns and to be closer to family.
One of Lydia's favorite hobbies was playing the piano. For over 30 years, she played at local grange dances and at Freddy's Bar & Cafe in Kettle Falls. She had a great passion for "her" hummingbirds too. She would feed them gallons of sugar water a week and spend countless hours sitting in her yard enjoying them.
After George retired, they looked forward to traveling and visiting old friends on vacation with her daughter and son-in-law, Joayn and Shorty Taylor. She and George enthusiastically enjoyed attending sporting events for their grandchildren. In their later years, Lydia and George could be found at the Daisy Tavern socializing with old friends and making new ones. Lydia was a kind, sweet, giving and generous person who was deeply loved, admired and respected by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; by one son, William (Bill), and 1 grandson, Ronnie.
Lydia is survived by her daughter, Joayn Taylor, Davenport; a son, George "Jerry" Cranston, Kettle Falls; six grandchildren, Mike Taylor, Kate Christman, Kelly Haptonstall, Tim Cranston, Terri Cranston, Patty Cranston; 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Visitations for Mrs. Cranston will be held at Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Please join the family in a celebration of life for Lydia Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Colville Community Church.
Graveside service will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Cremetery is entrusted arrangeÂŹments.
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