May 042011

Lola Katherine Lester, 71, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at The Peaks in Flagstaff. Funeral services were held May 2 at the Holbrook Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial followed in Holbrook City Cemetery.

Lola was born on Sept. 1, 1939, at the Ganado Mission Hospital to John Cowboy (Hosteen Akalil) and Rose “Ahidibah” Spencer.

She attended school at the Greasewood Springs Mennonite Mission and the Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist School, and graduated from high school at the Albuquerque Indian School in the late 1950s.

Lola worked as a dormitory attendant for the Bureau of Indian Affairs school system in Magdalena, N.M., and in Holbrook. Later she worked as a field nurse and social worker for the Indian Health Services in Keams Canyon.

She was a very kind and generous lady. She worked hard her whole life raising her children, then in 2004 she took on raising four of 23 grandchildren, whom she loved very dearly.

Survivors include seven children, Tonita (Michael) Tsosie of Indian Wells, Vincent (Sophinia) John of Klagetoh, Calvin M. Spencer of Las Vegas, Nev., Ronald (Sherrie) Lester of Indian Wells, and Jerome Lester Jr., Corina Lester and Emery Lester, all of Greasewood Springs; her husband, Jerome Lester Sr. of Indian Wells; one brother, Leo (Loretta) Spencer Sr. of Greasewood Springs; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and clan relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Cowboy and Rose Ahidibah Spencer; her daughter, Dorina Lester; three sisters, Lena Elk, Lucy Spencer and Betty Spencer; and 13 brothers, Wilbur Spencer, Horace Spencer, Johnson Spencer, Peterson J. Spencer, Lee Spencer, Michael R. Spencer, Woodrow Spencer, Billy Yazzie, John Spencer, Jack Spencer, Harry Spencer, Mitchell Spencer and Tom Spencer.

Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.