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Lola A Bull

April 12, 1928 — January 4, 2015

Lola A. Bull, 86, formerly Clarkston      Lola Aileen Bull, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 4, 2015 in Spokane, WA.      She was born with her identical twin sister, Alta Louise, on April 12, 1928 to the late Iva (Billington) and Ralph DeVore in Lind, Washington. Lola spent most of her childhood on the family wheat ranch in Mondovi, an area north of Davenport, WA, with her sister and three older brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd and Delmar. Theirs was a home full of fun, music, and pranks, which helps explain Lola’s wonderful sense of humor.      Lola’s grandfather, a music teacher, moved from Tennessee to live with the family. He taught Lola and her sister to play the violin; Lola’s musical talent also included clarinet, guitar, saxophone, drums and piano. The twins played in a dance band during their teen years, performing at different grange halls and events. Their father, an old-time fiddler, was rarely without his violin and often played with the girls at home and at family gatherings.      When she was young she saved her money and bought a horse, Paint, for $50. She and her sister taught Paint to kneel down so they could ride him, to bow, and also to count, although we’re not sure if ol’ paint could keep time to music. Nevertheless, he was a beloved pet who, it was rumored, loved chewing gum.      In 1947 Lola left her job at the title company in Davenport to marry Kenneth Bull of Reardan, WA. The couple lived in Reardan for several years before moving to Harrington where they raised their three children, Jerry Bull, Tillamook, OR; Vicki (Bull) Barnard, Portland, OR; and Darci (Bull) Knopes of Deer Park, WA. Lola spent many hours volunteering with the American Legion Auxiliary, was a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America, and taught Sunday School at the Community Congregational Church. In 1964 the family moved to Clarkston, Washington where Lola and Ken remained for over 40 years.      Lola was a loving and supportive full-time mom, staying at home to raise their children. She was famous for her Friday afternoon cookies, and was always willing to pitch in with projects her three kids brought to her. There was nothing she couldn’t do, make or fix.      Once the kids were grown, she went back to work preparing title searches and eventually became manager of Nez Perce Title. She moved on to work at Tomlinson Realty in Lewiston and Clarkston until she retired. Lola and Ken celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 with a surprise luxury cruise to Alaska given to them by their children. Lola loved to travel, and she and Ken enjoyed a number of leisure trips, visiting many U.S. states including Hawaii, Canada, Spain, England, China, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. They were also active members of the Lewiston Elks and the Clarkston Moose Lodge. Lola enjoyed volunteering at Tri-State Memorial Hospital and was also a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, tracking her family lineage back to the 1620 sailing of the Mayflower.      Lola is survived by her children, Jerry, Vicki and Darci; grandson Travis Bull and wife Kari; granddaughters Trisha Bull and Randi Leigh Nuxoll; and nine great grandchildren. Lola is blessed with many loving nieces and nephews, three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and many friends. Her husband, Ken, granddaughter Nikki Ann Knopes, and grandson, Ahren Barnard, predeceased her, as have all of her four siblings.      To honor her wishes the family will not be holding memorial services.
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