(April 4, 2002)
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the First Southern Baptist Church for Lola Belle Essex, 70, who died Thursday, April 4 at the Powell Nursing Home.
Pastor Joe Reynolds officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 14, 1931, in Pawnee, Okla., to Russell Toler and Hope Tansey. She completed four years of college education to become an elementary school teacher.
She married Harry P. Essex in Powell on June 2, 1948, and they lived in Powell. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and the Rebekahs.
Her hobbies included camping and reading.
She is survived by her husband Harry P. Essex of Powell; two sons and their wives, Russ and Carla Essex of Mobridge, S.D., and John and Jen Essex of Billings, Mont.; two daughters and their husbands, Melsene and Frank Villegas of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Hope and Joe Reynolds of Mobridge, S.D.; four sisters, Violet Lee (Buck) of Thermopolis, Elizabeth Stines (Gene) of Clarkston, Wash., Louise Wheqaton of Casper and Eleanor Martin (Fred) of California; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gordon Toler; and a sister, Marge Howell.
Pallbearers at the funeral were Ron Elwood, Ralph Wensky, Delbert Fetzer, Vern Groskop, Norm Manweiler and Bob Webber.