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Lola Clarkston, 89, entered Heaven's gates early Sunday morning, April 16, 2017. She was born in Pauls Valley, Okla., on August 28, 1927 to Lonnie and Iva Johnson.
After graduating from Pauls Valley High School, Lola began a career in sales. As a young woman she moved to Vernon, Texas and worked at the Woolsworth where she met her husband L.G. Clarkston. In the late '40s they relocated to Oklahoma City where they started a family.
Lola worked in retail stores such as TG&Y and McCroy's, but retired from the work force in the mid '90s from Burlington Coat Factory.
She was longtime member of Southside Church of the Nazarene (OKC) and most recently a member of South Pointe Church of the Nazarene.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband L.G. Clarkston; sons Larry Clarkston and Ricky Clarkston; sisters Betty Ray, Minnie Brown, and Imogene Stevens; and brothers Lank Johnson, Stanley Johnson, and Billy Joe Johnson.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson David Clarkston and her great-grandson Hunter Colton Fischer.
Lola is survived by her daughter Ida and husband Ron Potts; brothers: Leon and wife Marita Johnson, and Frank and wife Margaret Johnson; sisters-in-law: Sonja Johnson, Brenda Johnson, and Clara Johnson; brothers-in-law, Buster Brown and Randy Ray; three grandchildren: Richard Potts, Raina Fischer and husband Steven, and Bryan Clarkston and wife Brooke; seven great-grandchildren: Katelyn Fischer, Abby Fischer, Rebecca Potts, Ryan Potts, Makensey Johnson, Savion Clarkston and Brynlie Clarkston; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Viewing will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-20 with family greeting friends Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home (6934 S. Western Ave., OKC, OK 73139).
Services to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday April 21, 2017 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1906 S. Chickasaw Street, in Pauls Valley.
Please visit vondelsmithmortuary.com to leave a condolence for the family.
Published on April 19, 2017
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