Lila Arlene Belden Sweet
November 11, 1921 ~ June 6, 2012
June 10, 2012
Arlene Belden Sweet left the rain to go to the
sunshine on June 6, 2012, with her family by her
Services will be held at 10 a.m. June 16 at the
Bridgeway Assembly of God Church on Highway 2
with a potluck to follow at the church.
Graveside services for those wishing to attend
will be at 2 p.m. at Grand View Cemetery.
Lila Arlene Belden Sweet (Granny) was born
November 11, 1921, in Thorp, Wisconsin (a place
to belong), to Guy Belden and Grace (Howe)
Belden. She was the eighth of nine children.
In 1927, at the age of 6 1/2, their family moved
to Mission Creek in Copeland, Idaho, where she
attended grade school at the old Copeland
school. Her favorite thing to do was play
baseball. At the tender age of 16, she quit
school to marry the love of her life, Stanley S.
(Red) Sweet, on November 27, 1937.
They loved to go dancing at the local grange
hall, where they were married.
They lived in the logging camps on Pipe Creek,
Rock Creek, and the old Ranger Station at Camp
Nine before moving into their new cabin on the
north bench, where she resided the rest of her
They had two children. In 1938 their son Stanley
Alec "Skeezix" Sweet was born and then, in 1943,
came their daughter, Etta Mae Sweet Schneurle.
Lila was a life member of the Busy Bee club,
teaching all the family Bunco. She split fence
posts to raise $45 to buy her new couch and
chair. She skidded logs with a buckskin horse to
help make railroad ties for the railroad. For 20
years she had two Jersey cows she called *#@*-
and had a milk route to Moyie Springs. Some
people still owe her money, but she would
deliver the milk anyway, because of the kids.
That's the way she was!
She worked for Walt Worley as the chief meat
wrapper; she worked over 20 years at Three Mile
Corner, then retired. After retirement, she went
to work at Taft's until she was 78.
Granny had many favorite things she enjoyed
doing: she always had a love for bowling, which
she started in 1959 when the bowling alley
opened, and she bowled until the age of 89,
winning many trophies and awards and being very
proud of beating the men's team.
Many hours were spent embroidering; she won lots
and lots of ribbons at the fair. She made pillow
cases for every child, grandchild, great
grandchild, and great - great grand daughter.
She was very family-oriented, attending all
sports events of her family. She shopped for
those great Black Friday bargains, and never
missed a rodeo, wearing her bull riding jacket.
She attended all of Sandpoint's moto-cross
events; branding day was a Mother's Day
tradition, always with her famous chocolate
fudge cake, and she always went huckleberry
picking, even though she never liked them.
She never missed a Sunday breakfast at Three
Mile, and Christmas Eve was a family tradition
at Granny's, where dishes had to be done before
gifts were opened.
She is survived by son Stan (Dolores) Sweet,
daughter Etta Mae (Bob) Schnuerle, grandchildren
Cindy (John) Plato, Candy (Greg) Forrester, Ryan
(Cece) Schnuerle, Philip Sweet, Rhonda (Gabe)
Bandelin, Renee (Pat) Murphy, Rolina Arlene
(Jeff) Thaldorf, 21 great grandchildren, and one
great-great grand daughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Stanley (Red) Sweet in 1971, her parents,
brothers Guy, Carl, Glen, Hank Belden; sisters
Hazel Stockton, Iva Stockton, Tony Russell,
Wanda Harrington, and numerous nieces and
Family and friends are invited to sign Lila’s
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.