Lola Mae Johnette, 89, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton.
She was born May 25, 1913, at Riverdale to Albert and Ebba (Knutson) James. She grew up north of Kearney and attended rural school there. She graduated from Kearney High School in 1930. In 1934 she graduated from Kearney State College. Upon graduation from college, Lola began teaching in a rural Kearney school and taught in various high schools until February of 1939. She then began working for Farm Security, a government program to help farmers get back on their feet. She worked there for about three years.
On May 2, 1942, she married Clyde N. Johnette in Erie, Kan. The next few years were spent moving continually as Clyde was called to serve in the Army. Lola found work in clothing and shoe stores.
After the war was over Clyde and Lola moved to McCook from Arapahoe. Lola worked as a cashier for Kansas Nebraska Gas Company for four and a half years. She then went back to college. During this time Clyde and Lola bought and built a successful Farmers Mutual Agency. Lola also worked as a librarian at the McCook Junior High for seventeen years. She was also an active partner with Clyde in raising and racing thoroughbred and quarter horses.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Clyde and a grandson, Michael William Martin.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly and husband, Jim Martin of Trenton; a son, William Johnette of Omaha; five grandchildren, Kimberly S. (Martin) Cole, James D. Martin, Rodney D. Martin, Kevin J. Martin and Jeffrey S. Martin; and five great-granddaughters, Megan D. Cole, Allyson M. Cole, Chloe N. Martin, Hanna M. Martin and Julia M. Martin.
Funeral services will be Friday, 2 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with John Johnette officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be today until 8 p.m.
Memorials are being accepted in her name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.