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Lela Viola Wesley Boissoneau
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1912
Ford
Stevens County
Washington, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 2008
Moses Lake
Grant County
Washington, USA

BOISSONEAU, Lela Viola passed away September 22, 2008 in Moses Lake, WA.

She was born to John and Edna Wesley June 23, 1912 at Ford, WA. She attended school there until high school when she moved to Hillyard, WA and graduated there.

She worked for her room and board by caring for a family of five. She attended Kinman Business University and was one of the first employees of the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. During those years she met Kermit E. Boissoneau who became the love of her life and husband.

A son, Kermit Jr., and a daughter Joanne were born. The depression times were difficult but she and dad always managed to find work. They decided to try gold mining along the Columbia River and moved to the old Gerome area and worked various places for about five years. Gold was $26.00 an ounce but they earned enough to keep the family going. Ultimately Grand Coulee Dam flooded them out.

They then went farming in the valley below Miller Mountain near Enterprise, WA, not knowing a thing about it, but learned quickly. Alfalfa, wheat, beef, pork, chickens, fruits and vegetables were produced. Lela not only worked the fields but also canned over 1,000 quarts of food to sustain her family over the year. In those years everybody helped each other, even the children worked. Mom and dad were active members of the Enterprise Grange and taught many of the young people how to dance.

In 1949 the family moved to Davenport, WA where Lela resided the next 50 years. She was a hot lunch cook for the schools there for over 21 years. Lela made friends easily with her special caring ways, always available if anyone needed help. She was the first to introduce herself to new people and get them active with others.

Mom and dad never stopped dancing, belonging to square dance groups, traveling out of town dancing, and enjoying home parties with friends. Lela loved to play games and taught all of her grandchildren how to play. She made cookies by the 100s which were relished by the handful. Lela always had a hug, words of encouragement and much love for her children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.

Lela and Kerm spent their retirement years traveling and collecting gemstones. She was widowed in 1976.

In the summer of 2000 Lela moved to the Monroe House in Moses Lake to be near her daughter. There she made new friends and enjoyed the many activities for the following eight years. Her health declined this year and she required special care at a private adult home.

Lela is survived by her son Kermit; daughter Joanne; grandchildren and, great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Kermit, brothers George Wesley, Henry Wesley, grandson James Boissoneau and nephew David Wesley.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John S Wesley (1881 - 1954)
  Edna M Shannan Wesley (1888 - 1931)
 
 Spouse:
  Kermit Elmer Boissoneau (1907 - 1976)
 
 Sibling:
  Lela Viola Wesley Boissoneau (1912 - 2008)
  Henry Wesley (1917 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain View Cemetery
Davenport
Lincoln County
Washington, USA
 
Created by: Valerie Timm Adams
Record added: Aug 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75371725
Lela Viola <i>Wesley</i> Boissoneau
Added by: Valerie Timm Adams
 
Lela Viola <i>Wesley</i> Boissoneau
Added by: Valerie Timm Adams
 
 
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