Lola Mae Robinson Bristol (1918-2004)


Former Steamboat Springs resident Lola Mae Bristol passed away Oct. 3, 2004, in Colorado Springs. She was 86.

Lola Mae was born Feb. 26, 1918, to Clara and Henry Robinson in Glencoe, Okla. At the age of 3, Lola Mae and her family moved to the Steamboat area, where her parents had once lived on a homestead for several years. Ranching became a way of life for the family, and in 1923, they moved to a ranch on the lower Elk River where Lola Mae, two brothers and two sisters grew up. Lola Mae graduated from high school in Steamboat and from a business college in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In August of 1941, she married Wayne Bristol. The couple lived in Steamboat, Fort Morgan and Denver before moving to Frisco, where they lived for 37 years before retiring to Parachute in 1989.

Wayne and Lola Mae were married for 60 years. A devoted mother, Lola Mae had six children: Bonnie Forseen, Harold Bristol, Marvin Bristol, David Bristol, Joe Bristol and Sylvia Grady.

Lola Mae was an active member of Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco and Grace Bible Church in Parachute. While living in Frisco, Lola Mae was active in several county organizations and she frequently served as an election judge and volunteered her time to committees such as planning for the Frisco Nordic Center.

Lola Mae loved to be outdoors. She conquered many of the area's highest peaks, usually studying the wildflowers along the way. Wintertime always meant the emergence of her cross-country skis and snowshoes. Lola Mae also enjoyed learning a great deal about local history. A favorite pastime was exploring old mines.

Lola Mae was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and Leo Robinson; two sisters, Anna VanCleave and Bernice Brobeck; her husband Wayne; and a son, David.

She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Forseen of Cortez and Sylvia Grady of Colorado Springs; three sons, Harold Bristol of Buena Vista, Marvin Bristol of Security and Joe Bristol of Carrollton, Ga.; a brother, Walter Robinson of Steamboat; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service was held at the Frisco cemetery Oct. 6, 2004.


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