OBITUARY - LOLA A. (WILLEY) HAILEY
Lola A. HAILEY, daughter of Willard R. & Maud (RUSK) WILLEY, was born June 26, 1916 at Mount Ayr, Iowa. Lola graduated from
Mount Ayr High School in 1934, also receiving her teacherís certificate at the same time. Lola was a country school teacher
at Jefferson Township #6 for the next 8 years.
On March 20, 1942, Lola was united in marriage to Gerald D. HAILEY in Mount Ayr. Lola and Gerald lived the first two years
of their marriage on a farm southwest of Shannon City; farmed south of Shannon City for the next 25 years; and then farmed
eight miles north of Mount Ayr from 1970 to 1997. Lola & Gerald retired from the farm and moved into Mount Ayr in 1997.
Gerald passed away on April 16, 1998 at the age of 81. Lola continued to live in Mount Ayr for the next 8 years. Lola and
Gerald lived in Ringgold County, Iowa their entire life until 3 years ago when Lola moved to Crescent, Iowa to live with
Lola was baptized and a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Lola was a 4-H leader while her children were
growing up. She had been a township secretary. Lola and Gerald enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends. After
retirement, Lola and Gerald took many trips with the Mount Ayr VIC Club. Lola was a great cook; was accomplished at sewing,
crocheting and knitting; wrote poetry and was a beautiful singer. Lola was a great mentor to her grandchildren by teaching
them how to cook and other life skills. Lola had become a resident of Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa and
passed away there on February 14, 2009 at the age of 92.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gerald; infant son Donald DeWayne HAILEY; brother Clair WILLEY; and two
sisters Maxine KIMBLE and Iona WILLEY.
Survivors include her two children Rosetta "Rosie" GILSON & husband Dave of Crescent, Iowa and Gary HAILEY & wife Kim of
Waverly, Nebraska; grandchildren Anita GILSON of Crescent, Iowa, Kevin GILSON & wife Dierdre of Tampa, Florida, Kyle GILSON
& wife Jen of Castle Rock, Colorado, Kreg GILSON & Elizabeth SMITH of Omaha, NE, Tona BACH & husband Marty of Council
Bluffs, IA, Joshua WATTS of Waverly, NE, Jeffrey HAILEY & wife Annee of Lincoln, NE, Jamie WATTS & wife Sarah of Lincoln,
NE, Kelli FOSSBERG & husband Josh of Lincoln, NE; great grandchildren Breanna GILSON, Zachary GILSON, Robert GILSON, Emily
GILSON, Sabrina GILSON, Darian GILSON, Blake GILSON, Gabriel BACH, Mariah WATTS, Dakota WATTS & Jesse WATTS, Savannah
DENISON & Alek HAILEY, Elena WATTS & Trevor WATTS, Keyen FOSSBERG & Cayle FOSSBERG; a brother, Gerold WILLEY & wife Jean of
Mount Ayr; two sisters Pauline McCUTCHEN of Mount Ayr and Elma MOORE of Afton, IA; other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established with distribution to be determined later.
Services were held Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe Street, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
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