Lola Mae Spicknall 1929-2018
Lola Mae passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018 at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colorado at the age of 89.
Lola Mae was born January 11, 1929 at 12:30 a.m. in Yuma, Colorado to Fred and Carrie Buethe. She was the middle child of 3 daughters. She was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yuma on January 27, 1929. Lola Mae had unwavering life-long Christian faith. Lola Mae attended schools in Yuma before attending and graduating from Cosmetology in Denver, Colorado. At the young age of 17, Lola Mae opened and operated her own beauty salon in Yuma.
In her youth, Lola Mae was an avid horseman. Her father, Fred, would transport her horse to the arena in Yuma twice a week for Lola Mae to take riding lessons at the Yuma Saddle Club. After her lessons she would ride her horse home five miles south of Yuma in the dark of night. Lola Mae entered a horse race at the annual fair at fourteen years old. She took third place. Her father and mother were spectators in the grandstands. Not only were they surprised to see her in the race, they were astonished at her horseman abilities.
Lola Mae married Edwin Erb Spicknall on January 16, 1949 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yuma. Three children were born to this union, Donne Erb, Lea Ann, and Renae Sue. They made their home in Akron, Colorado where they co-owned Spicknall’s Motor Service with Erb’s parents. After relocating to Akron, she again opened and operated a beauty salon. Lola Mae’s days were often filled preparing monthly tickets for auto parts and shop labor sales, picking up and or delivering new and used vehicles, parts and windshields, and visiting numerous junk yards for difficult to find parts. In 1973, Lola Mae purchased her first farm ground to supplement the family’s income. She would continue to expand her farming interests until her death.
Owning a full-service Pontiac and GMC and parts dealership was at times challenging. One of those more daunting times was when Lola Mae was driving a well-used station wagon to retrieve needed parts for the shop. Smoke began to billow out from under the hood of the vehicle. Lola Mae immediately pulled over, grabbed her purse from the car. When a passerby stopped to assist her, Lola Mae said “let her burn”. From that point forward she refused to drive a piece of junk!
She was a lifetime member of the Missouri Synod Trinity Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She was a charter member in the district of the Lutheran Women Missionary League, member of the Akron Lutheran Ladies Aid. Lola Mae served as the secretary for the Thrivent local chapter of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Lola Mae’s embroidered tea towels, crocheted hand towels, sour-cream raisin pie and buttermilk chocolate cake were requested favorites at the annual Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid Bazaar and Luncheon.
Lola Mae and Erb sponsored monthly dances and activities for the Akron Youth Center for many years with Jim and Margaret McGinley. She was a music programs volunteer and sponsor and provider of food for all of the years her children attended the Akron Schools. Lola Mae was a room mother, Cub Scout leader, election judge, Library Friends board member, Antelope Springs extension club member, and American Legion Auxiliary member. She was also a Washington County Hospital board member.
Lola Mae found great satisfaction in tending to her roses, peonies, tomatoes, raspberries and garden in general. She loved to can fruits and vegetables for her family and teaching the art of canning to others. Lola Mae took great pride in taking her prized buttermilk chocolate cake and tomatoes to the Washington County Fair for open judging.
Lola Mae’s home was always open to stray children, animals, and birds. She used to say, “I guess that is why we live on a corner. It’s easy and welcoming to drop offs and drop ins”. Anyone was welcome to join the family for meal or a place to stay. If a person was in need, she always found a way to fulfill that need, even if it meant foregoing something for her immediate family.
One of Lola Mae’s greatest joys was to dance. She and Erb enjoyed socializing with their friends at the many dancing venues throughout northeastern Colorado. She relished the numerous occasions to spend time with her family at their cabin in Estes Park. Lola Mae and Erb enjoyed traveling to various vacation destinations in North America and Mexico. When they were not working or traveling, they especially appreciated spending time with their Akron friends by actively participating in the “monthly couples” club and playing cards.
After the death of Erb in 1992, Lola Mae remarried Bill Owen of Denver in 1996. They later divorced.
Lola Mae was preceded in death by her father and mother; her sisters, Dorothy Diedrichs and LaVeta Lungwitz; her husband Erb Spicknall; her son Donne Spicknall; two grandchildren, Monica Rae Jones and Leyton Spicknall Laybourn.
She is survived by her children, Lea Ann and husband Stan Laybourn of Cope, Renae and husband John of Fort Collins. Grandchildren include: Rochelle Brandon (Justin), Dencia Raish (Fred), Jason Beck (Chris), Leyton’s wife Nichole Linn Laybourn, and Leslie Schenk. Great-grandchildren include: Taylor, Clay and Riley Brandon; Carl Raish; Micah Beck; Hunter Robert Laybourn; Leyton Sebastian Laybourn.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Akron. Interment will be held at the Akron Cemetery. Memorials can be made to either the Washington County Nursing Home or the Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, Colorado.