Lola Johnson


Lola M. Johnson, 87, of Meckling, went to heaven surrounded by her family, in her home on Sept. 22, 2011, following a lengthy illness.

Lola Small was born July 27, 1924 on a farm south of Westfield, IA to Harley and Eula (Mills) Small. She graduated from Akron High School in 1942 and attended Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. She worked for DePonti Aviation making gliders for soldiers to glide behind enemy lines and for St. Paul Hydraulic Hoist making huge snowplows and road graders for the Alaskan Highway. She returned to Iowa and married her high school sweetheart Charles Johnson in October of 1947.

She touched many lives as a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and Faith and Hope Circle, Eastern Star and she was also active in PTA, and had worked at the Sears store for many years. She had a knack for seeing good in everyone, as well as a patient, quiet and cheerful personality. We will miss her generosity and her wonderful cooking.

Her memory will be cherished by those she left behind, her loving husband of 64 years, Charles Pat of Meckling; Charles H. III (Jane) Johnson of Vermillion, Linda C. (Jim) Christiansen of Norco, CA, Richard D. (Gayle) of Wakonda; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.

Small but mighty she has left us but will never be forgotten.

Memorial services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. Memorials may be directed to the Backpack Food Program for Children.

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