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An excellent cook,she loved to embroider, sew, square dance Lillian Anita (Howland) Lakey passed away at the age of 88, in Twin Falls, Idaho, on April 28, 2009, at the Twin Falls Care Center.
Lillian was born Nov. 19, 1920 in Ava, Mo., to Oscar Howland and Kate (Grimes) Howland. She attended Ava High School. In 1941 she went to work in Jefferson City, Mo., for two years.
She married Roy Lakey, the love of her life, on July 10, 1942, in South San Francisco, Calif. They lived in South San Francisco until 1954, when they moved to Redwood City, Calif. Lillian worked for Imaic Electronics, then in the 1950s she worked for Pacific Bell until she retired in 1974. Roy and Lillian moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in May of 1974. Roy died on Nov. 7, 1974 of a heart attack while on a hunting trip. Lillian continued to live in Twin Falls until 1979, when she moved to Burley, Idaho to be with her dear companion, Dale Cole. In 1983 Lillian and Dale moved to Paul, Idaho, where Lillian was very active in her church and community affairs. In 2004 Lillian and Dale moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where she resided until her death.
Lillian was an excellent cook; she loved to do embroidery and handiwork; loved to sew; loved to square dance. She played the organ and piano. She was a very spiritual woman, and read her Bible daily; she devoted much of her time and her resources to her church.
Lillian is survived by her nephew, Chuck Howland, her niece, Glenda Howland, and sister-in-law, Eleanor Howland, all of Redwood City, Calif.; her step-children, Dorothy Mae Soult of Chico, Calif.; Doris (Tanton) Paget, of Ozark, Mo.; step-grandchildren, Paulette Riedle, of Nixa, Mo; Katharyn Soult-Taufer, and Kelli Alyce Soult of Chico, Calif.; and James T Soult II of Las Vegas, Nev.; Dale Cole’s children, Myles Cole and Rita (Greg) Newberry, of Twin Falls; Martin Cole, of Portland, Ore.; as well as her dear friend, Norma Dawson, of Nibley, Utah; and her constant companion in her final days, Leah Hendricks, of Twin Falls.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Kate Howland, her brother, Glen Howland, her husband, Roy Lakey, her step-nephew, John Paget, her step-granddaughter, Kristina Elaine Soult, and her companion, Dale Cole.
A celebration of Lillian’s life was held as graveside service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls with Pastor John Ziulowski officiating. At Lillian’s request there was no public viewing. Services were under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given in Lillian’s name to the Sheena Foundation. Contributions may be mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, ID 83303.