Lola Clementine Wilkins-Wilman was born November 22, 1927, in Winona, Idaho, to Lloyd and Rose Wilkins. Lola was the oldest and only sister of five brothers; Doyle, Don, Glen, Ray and Gerald. When asked, her brothers would tell you there were five brothers and each had a sister. For some time, people believed there to be ten Wilkins children.
Lola’s childhood days were filled with life on a ranch which cultivated her love of riding horses. Adventures on horseback was her favorite pastime. Shortly after her graduation from high school, Lola attended beauty school where she obtained her cosmetology license. During this time, Lola had met and married Richard Witt. Although the marriage was brief, she welcomed her first son Steven in 1946.
With the realization that cosmetology was not the ideal job for a single mother with bills to pay, Lola found a quaint little family restaurant in Mullen, Idaho, that allowed her to juggle both work and the care of a toddler, as well as a place to live. Weekends in Mullen and the surrounding Silver Valley would bring music to the local cafes along with her future husband and the love of her life, Charles (Chuck) Wilman. They were soon married in Superior, MT, and Lola’s life of adventure and travel began.
Chuck was always looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and Lola was always there to guide him along. Chasing that pot of gold eventually led them to Anacortes, WA, where they welcomed their son Chris into the world, followed by a quick detour to Weippe, Idaho, a year later to welcome their daughter RoseAnna and again, back to Anacortes to welcome another son, Phillip the following year.
These moves would come every year for Chuck and Lola as they chased their dreams across Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Canada, eventually finding their dream house and settling down in Weiser, Idaho.
With the passing of Chuck, Lola filled the empty space with her childhood love of horseback riding.
This love would end in tragedy with her being thrown from her horse, leading to months of rehabilitation. Through her rehabilitation they found that her amazing knitting skills kept her mind youthful and herself busy with rewarding projects she would gift to family members. Lola’s knitting talents continue to live on through her granddaughters that share her love of knitting.
In her later years, Lola would make the move from Weiser to Orofino, Idaho, into the loving care of her sons Chris and Phillip, daughter RoseAnna and their families. Living in Orofino provided Lola the opportunity to spend precious time with her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great grandkids on a daily basis. She was surrounded by this loving family as she passed into the hands of our Lord on December 26, 2019. As per her wishes, Lola will be cremated with services at a later date.
Lola is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Rose, brothers; Doyle and his wife, Lennis; Glen, Ray and his wife, Noreen, Gerald and his wife, Lori; sons, Steven and Chris, son-in-law, Carl Thornton and grandchildren, Steven and Brandon.
She is survived by her daughter, RoseAnna Wilman-Thornton; her son, Phillip Wilman and his wife, Georgia; her step-daughter, Sandra Wilman-Overton and son-in-law, Dave; daughter-in-law, Fern and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren whom she dearly loved.
Our family would like to personally thank the dedicated and loving staff and individuals at Brookside Landing, the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic and the Nazarene Church for the incredible love, prayers and care given to our Mom/Grandmother during her final days. You have truly been a blessing.