Lola LaTourette went with the angels on Nov. 4, 2016, a week and a half after her 99th birthday celebration.
Lola Teresa Camaches was born in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 28, 1917 to Ethel and Peter Camaches. Until Lola went to school, her primary language was Greek.
Lola worked in a radio station in San Francisco where she met Frank LaTourette. They were married on June 8, 1946. After moving to Hollywood, the couple had two daughters, Jean and Stephanie. Frank's job in radio and television moved the family all over the Los Angeles area and to Wilton, Conn., near New York City. Lola utilized her office skills at various positions wherever the LaTourettes moved. She also began to play tennis, a sport she loved for many years.
When Frank began a career as a professor of television at UCLA, Lola began her career at Thalians Mental Health at Cedars of Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. She ran the office and organized the many fundraisers held by the organization to raise money for mental health care. Lola remained at Thalians until 2002 when she retired at the age of 84.
In 2002 Lola moved to Paonia to be near her family. A devout Catholic, Lola found spiritual comfort in attending mass at Sacred Heart Church in Paonia. Lola was preceded in death by her husband Frank LaTourette, who passed away in 1985, and her sister Mary Joannides. Lola is survived by her daughters Jean and Stephanie, a son-in-law, Tom Gifford, all of Paonia, five grandchildren, Jessica Snyder, Molly and Pearl LaTourette Gifford, and John Arvoy all of Denver, and Luke Snyder of Craig, Mont. Lola's two great-grandchildren are Dexter and Cecelia Griffin of Denver. Lola is also survived by her niece, Catherine Gilson of London, England, and her nephews, James Joannides of San Francisco and Paul Joannides of Waldport, Ore.
Lola will rest at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Denver next to her husband.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.