Valley County, IDGenWeb Project

Sybill Amelia Sego Loomis

Sybill Amelia Sego Loomis, 96, formerly of Valley County, died in Boise on July 18, 2012.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Summers Funeral Home, Boise.

She was born in Gering, Neb., on April 28, 1916, the seventh of eight children born to Amelia “Millie” MacAskill Sego and Arthur Lincoln Sego.

She spent early years in Pearl and grade school years in Barber. She graduated from Boise High School in 1935, then worked for Bell Telephone until her marriage to Donald George Loomis of Donnelly on Nov. 25, 1939.

They lived on the Floyd and Viola Loomis family ranch south of Donnelly, then in 1947 designed and built a home in Donnelly.

After Donald died in July 1960 she returned to the family ranch and later built a home on Lake Cascade. She resided in Valley County for 60 years.

Community service was a big part of Sybill’s life. For years a member of Donnelly Ladies Aid Society and University of Idaho Donnelly Extension Group, she was also senior judge of the election board for the Roseberry district.

She and her husband were charter members of Donnelly Bible Church and officers of the board. She was deeply devoted to teaching and assisting in Sunday School, Women’s Missionary Fellowship, McCall’s Christian Women’s Club, and home Bible studies in Donnelly, McCall, and Cascade.

Sybill’s talents were many! She received numerous county fair ribbons for her delicious pies, breads, paintings, and floral arrangements. The Valley County Extension Homemakers Council named her 1966 Valley County Homemaker of the Year.

She was active in the Long Valley Garden Club and noted for her award-winning artistic arrangements with flowers and driftwood. Over the course of her lifetime she made over 114 Afghans, many quilts, and painted more than 135 paintings.

As a Long Valley artist she exhibited publicly at places such as the Winter Carnival in McCall and Alpine Playhouse, placed first in Fine Arts in 1970 at the Valley County Fair.

Her creativity included photography, writing, and poetry and was published multiple times in The Idaho Daily Statesman. Her family recently published her poetry collection, “You Guide My Footsteps.”

After Sybill moved to Northgate Senior Village in Boise in 1986 she continued to paint and exhibit artwork at Northgate. She enjoyed playing bingo, bridge, canasta and pinochle, handiwork, and teaching bible studies.

The highlight of Sybill’s travels was her trip to the Holy Lands. She also visited England, Scotland, Switzerland, Greece, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, and Mexico.

Sybill will be deeply missed by family and friends that loved her and were devoted to her! She will be remembered for her artistic and giving nature, her creative writing, wit, and her faith in God.

She survived all her siblings, Frank Earl, Emma Nevada, Sarah Adelia, Clarence Judson, Donald, Lillian Agnes, and Mary Esther.

She is survived by four children, Amelia Beth Loomis (James E. Rowlan), Donald Rexford Loomis, Floyd A. Loomis (Kristin M. Koskella), and Steven Jesse Loomis (Susan Holland); her four grandchildren, Lance Williams and Brian, Lincoln, and Jioia Loomis; and three great-grandchildren Draven, Gabriel, and Rhiannon.

The family thanks all those who supported them in sharing her life memories.

Memorials are suggested to Allumbaugh House, 400 N. Allumbaugh, Boise, Idaho 83704.

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