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Lola Ruth Herrera passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Duncan. She was 91.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Brown officiating.  Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow, Oklahoma.
Lola was born Tuesday,  Oct. 27, 1925 in Marlow to William Barnett and Gertha Mae (Tuggle) Johnson. She attended school at Wolf Creek which later became to be Central High. Her parents were settlers, her Dad, a farmer loved to read to his children in the evenings. 
After graduation she attended Cameron College for a while then she meet and married the love of her life, her best friend, Joe G. Herrera on June 10, 1948, in Fort Lewis, Washington. 
Following his military service together they traveled to many countries making wonderful memories. They continued to travel living in and visiting many states.  She worked as a Finance Auditor for Civil Services for 20 years. 
Lola also attended and worked at the University of Texas El Paso, she was the Secretary to the Professor of Military Science there.  It was in El Paso that she discovered her hidden talent and passion for writing.  She began writing seriously at the age of fifty-six, gaining valuable instruction and encouragement from members of the El Paso Writers' League. 
Lola's favorite medium of writing was poetry, for which she was recognized locally and nationally.  Her other organizational involvements include El Paso County Historical Society, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and National Arbor Day Foundation. 
She was past president of the El Paso Community Resource Council for the Texas Youth Commission. Her work was instrumental in establishing the first Lioness Club in El Paso as well. Additional interest are historical research, touring and photography. Bird Watching brought her peace and solace, but also was inspirational to her writing.  Lola was a jewel to her family, she defined beauty, wisdom, grace and intelligence, she dared to dream and then accepted the challenges ahead.  Lola will be remembered as loving wife, devoted mother, faithful friend and a remarkable writer. She was a member of the Grace Methodist Church, El Paso, Texas. 
 Survivors include, husband, Joe G. Herrera, of Duncan; son, Grover Lynn Herrera and wife Marsha of Lucas, Texas; daughter, Sandra Pommerening and husband Ed of Pinehurst, Idaho; granddaughter, Emily Herrera of Lucas, Texas;
grandson, John Frei and Susan of Boise, Idaho; Four additional grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by nine siblings - four brothers, Cecil Johnson, Elvin Johnson, Harold Johnson and Marvin Johnson, five sisters, Pearl McGee,  Florence McGehee, Jesse Hines, Norene Sheehan and Eulita Ball
Pallbearers will be family members.
Online condolences may be made to www.callawaysmithcobb.com.
Published on December 28, 2016
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