Oct. 30, 1920 Spokane Spokane County Washington, USA
Nov. 26, 2003 Wenatchee Chelan County Washington, USA
Lola May (Wood) Gange, 83, passed away at her home in East Wenatchee on Wednesday, November 26, 2003.
She was born on October 30, 1920, in Spokane to William Walter "WW" and Margaret Eugenia (McNuelty) Wood. Her early years were spent in Valleyford and Spokane, prior to the family moving to Orondo in 1928. Lola was active in the family orchard where she, along with her brothers and sisters, hauled rocks, planted trees, and carried water by the bucket up from the river. Growing up, she built apple boxes, picked and packed fruit. She attended school in Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1937. She continued her education at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, OR for one year. She then married Garland Hardwick Pitts in Orondo, WA. They had four children together and made their home in Sacramento, CA, Newborn, GA, and East Wenatchee, WA. At that time Lola was a homemaker.
Later in the mid 1950s, Lola helped at her father and mothers, "Rest Awhile" fruit stand on the Orondo Highway. She packed and sorted fruit, worked at the old Kress store, Penneys, MacDougals Department Store and various other jobs while raising her children.
Following the death of her mother, Lola felt the calling to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at Deaconess, Rosewood, and retired from Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was a kind, compassionate and caring Nurse and later became the Ward Clerk on the Medical Floor. It was while at work that she met her soulmate, George W. Gange.
They were married on July 31, 1969 in Wenatchee. George and Lola enjoyed many years working side by side. They drove to work together and later rode their Mopeds.
They vacationed in their motorhome with their mopeds strapped to the back. They enjoyed fishing, playing "Skipbo" with friends and Lola making crafts while George completed her wood projects.
After retiring, George and Lola continued to work cleaning their church and delivering papers for The Wenatchee World.
George preceded her in death on July 4, 1994, which left a large void in her life. She missed him terribly.
She was a longtime member of the Wenatchee First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School and Bible School Teacher, Director of AWANA Sparkies group and she always opened her home and cooked dinners for the Missionaries and Guest Speakers who came to the church. Her life was dedicated to her husband George and assisting her church with any help needed. She later attended Valley Community Church, where Pastor Gary Johnson, introduced her to the congregation as his former boss.
She is survived by two daughters and one son, Mary Margaret Formo (Alvin) of Woodinville, William Thomas Pitts of Auburn and Judy Ann Johanson of East Wenatchee, where she shared her home overlooking the beautiful Wenatchee Valley; five grandchildren, Kevin Lee Carson (Mikela) of Lynnwood, Kim Marie Williams (Fred) of Wenatchee, Kelly Annette Doherty of East Wenatchee, Kristine Faith LeRoss (Brad) of Snoqualmie and Sean Garland Johanson (Stephanie) of Wenatchee; eleven great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister, Pastor Merle Wood (Helen) of Yakima, Lucille Feil (Bob) of East Wenatchee, Pastor Ralph Wood (Alberta) of Longview and Pastor Bill Wood (Lois) of Pateros; one brother-in-law, William "Bill" Witchey of Alva, OK; her grand dog, Bentley, whom she shared much time with over the last three years.
Lola is now sharing eternal life with her husband of nearly 25 years, George W. Gange, her parents, a son John Paul Pitts and her sister, Ruth Perkins, who recently passed away on November 21, 2003.
Commemoration services will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at Telford's Chapel of the Valley with her three brothers and Pastor Virgil Vater officiating. The services will conclude in the chapel. Family interment services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park. the casket will remain closed during the services, visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to C.W.H. Home Health and Hospice. The family is requesting a written memory brought to the services or sent to: c/o 711 Grant Road, East Wenatchee, WA 98802. Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.