Lola Marie (Wilson)

Friday, March 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Lola Marie (Wilson) Downs died March 20, 2015, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah. A private family service is at the Wapello Cemetery in Wapello. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

She was born Feb. 16, 1921, in Louis County, the daughter of Ross and Erma (McChesney) Wilson. She graduated from Wapello Community Schools, Class of 1938, and from the Burlington Hospital School of Nursing, Burlington, in 1942. Lola was united in marriage with Albert Dean Downs June 13, 1942, in Edina, Mo. Lola and Dean had two sons, Thomas and Roger. Lola and her husband farmed near Wapello, Iowa. Dean died Dec. 24, 1965. Lola was the school nurse at Wapello Community Schools for 20 years.  Earlier in her career, Lola worked as a nurse at several hospitals, doctors’ offices and the Iowa Ordinance Plant in Middleton. Lola relocated to Decorah in 1996 to be closer to family. She was a member of Wapello United Methodist Church and was active in church circles in Wapello and Decorah. She also was a member of the Decorah Elks Lodge and enjoyed playing cards with friends.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Patricia of Decorah; two grandchildren, Erica Downs-Karai and Alex Downs, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and one great-grandchild, Stella Rose of Asheville, N.C.

Lola was preceded in death by her husband Dean; and her son, Thomas.

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