Lola Marie Gatfield passed away on April 4, 2023, accompanied by family. She was born November 10, 1929, in Emmett, Idaho to Walter and Magdalene (Klinkerman) Kellerman with siblings Mervin, Robert, Leroy, and Sharon. Lola was a lifelong Gem County resident spending her childhood in Emmett and adult life in Montour. Lola remembered her childhood fondly and enjoyed lifelong friendships with members of the “Wallpaper Gang.”
Lola met the love of her life, Allen Eugene Gatfield Sr, in the 40s and were married on January 6, 1950, in Emmett, Idaho. Lola cared deeply for her beloved “Babo” and supported him during careers in logging, road construction and as a dairy farmer. Together, they ran a farm with their children, Jim (Eileen), Gene (Darcy), Barb (Mike), Tom (Judy), and Bob. Lola was preceded in death by her husband, Babo, and her eldest son, Jim and two infants, Laura and Gerald. She is survived by her children: Gene, Barb, Tom, and Bob.
Lola was a devout member of the Methodist Church and could regularly be found enjoying Sunday services with friends and family. She faithfully served as a member of the Syringa Club for much of her adult life, cooking for the annual Pancake Feed and providing sweets for the Ice Cream Social. Lola was well known for her culinary expertise preparing daily lunches for family and workers during silage harvest, and often providing for others in the community who were celebrating a major life event or recently lost someone close to them. Her and Babo also hosted an annual 4th of July Celebration that brought family, friends and neighbors together for food, fun, and celebration.
Affectionately known as “Grandma Lola” to many, her legacy includes 18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. Grandma helped instill appreciation of the arts amongst her grandchildren as an annual ticket holder at Boise Little Theater, regular attendant at Boise Music Week, and other local events. Many will also remember her adventurous side helping the kids with occasional penny bets at the horse races.
Lola was never one to mince words, but her authenticity and generosity consistently demonstrated her commitment to others. She will be remembered for being a caring spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend with a quick wit and good sense of humor. She will be sorely missed.
Lola was well supported by all her family members. During her last months, her son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Judy, spent many hours ensuring she received the utmost care and comfort. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.
There will be a viewing at Potter Funeral Chapel on Monday, April 10 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Her friends and family are invited to celebrate her life at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Idaho. Interment will follow at the Sweet Cemetery and a meal at the Sweet Syringa Hall.
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