Elizabeth Anne (Sperry) Bacon, mother of two boys, wife to one, grandmother of five and friend to many, passed on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011. Longtime Deer Park resident and lover of her summer home at the Pend Oreille Lakes, purchased by her Grandpa Milliren in 1914, Elizabeth lived a full and enjoyable life of 90 years, keeping her home, loving her family and being an active community member.
Elizabeth would tell you that her family was her greatest joy and accomplishment.
Elizabeth was born February 21, 1921 to Jack & Grace (Dean) Sperry in Colville. She attended school there for a time, though graduated from Deer Park High School in May of 1939, and spent many summers, throughout her childhood and well into her 80’s, at her Lake Thomas property with her family.
She met her husband Stanley at Deer Park High, but in 1939 left for Wenatchee to pursue Nursing School at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After a year of school, with Stanley devoutly driving from Deer Park to visit on weekends, Elizabeth quit nursing and accepted Stanley’s proposal of marriage…while she dearly loved nursing school, she loved Stanley more and wanted to raise a family and share her life with him.
While balancing the joys of motherhood and marriage, Elizabeth was also very active in the Deer Park community. She attended every P.E.O. meeting the Deer Park Chapter held, the Open Door Congregational Church every Sunday and volunteered her time to many causes and functions.
Elizabeth especially loved the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) and was a longtime member of P.E.O. Chapter AW Deer Park. The P.E.O. is a place where women help women reach for the stars. It is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.
Elizabeth believed deeply in this undertaking.
Elizabeth also enjoyed playing cards and solving crosswords with her husband, hosting community gatherings in her home and at her place on the Little Pend Oreille Lakes, crocheting (most often baby blankets for every new family baby), canning, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. She was passionate about her time at Thomas Lake and her family. Elizabeth will be dearly missed and will live on in the hearts and minds of those she touched.
She is survived by four of her grandchildren, Martin, Melissa, Amber and Breanne; her sister, Katherine of Spokane; many great-grandchildren and various nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Her memorial will be held in conjunction with her son Philip’s on Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. at her Lake Thomas home. Her granddaughter Amber will be handling the services. If you are planning to attend or need directions please phone her at (360) 301-0243.
Old friend of mine
I’ve loved you for
A whole lifetime.
When we first met
I was a child,
and as I grew
we went through miles.
You were always there
You always cared
my love for you
could not compare.
How the fates can be so cruel
And play me always for the fool
We were so close
Our love was true
How could I think of losing you?
Oh, Dear Lord
Please help me through
And tell me that my loss found you.
- Supplied by Elizabeth’s niece Julie Jarvis