Lola Jolley

Lola JolleyLola Marie Kenzler Jolley, 89, of Rushville died at 12:20 p.m. March 25, 2008, at Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.

She was born Aug. 23, 1918, in Hannibal, Mo., a daughter of Walter George and Pearl Edith Weismiller Kenzler. She married James William Jolley on April 17, 1937, in Clayton. He died Jan. 19, 1974.

She also was preceded in death by one sister, 11 brothers, and one great-grandson, Alex Delaney.

Surviving are four daughters, Edie Toland of Galesburg, Shirley Theilen of Pleasant Plains, Donna (and Robert) Steeves of Moberly, Mo., and Kathy (and Bill) Welty of Mexico, Mo.; one brother, Silas G. Kenzler of Gibbstown, N.J.; one sister, Hilda M. Enos of Joplin, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was educated in Ashburn, Mo., where she lived until adulthood. During 1938 to 1947, she and her husband and family lived and worked in southern New Jersey. She was employed at the Dupont Ammunition Plant during World War II and the Campbell Soup Factory. She and her family came to Rushville in 1947, constructed and established Jolley’s Motel, which she operated in two different locations until 1976. She lived in Macomb from 1977 until September 2001, when she returned to Rushville.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Macomb.

In her early years, she was active with the Rushville Senior Citizens quilting group, Rebekah Lodge in Rushville, Lafayette Square Apartments quilting group, Grandmother’s Club and Residents’ Council at Lafayette Square, all in Macomb.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Rosalee Ross officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery. Following the service, 89 balloons were released to present each year of her life. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home or Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 4/2/2008