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Lola D. Switzer

Lola Switzer, 103, of Mesa Arizona and formerly of Hamilton, ND passed away Friday, March 11, 2016 at her home in Mesa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from noon until the time of services at the church. Burial will be held in the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, ND.
Lola DeLila was born January 9, 1913 at Artesian, SD to Andrew and Ella Mae (Reed) Doty. She graduated from High School at Waubun, MN and then from the Deaconess School of Nursing in Grafton, ND as a Registered Nurse.
On October 9, 1938, Lola married Ray Switzer at Ogema, MN. They made their home in rural Hamilton, where they farmed and raised their family. Lola worked as an R.N. in Grafton and Cavalier, ND. In 1968, Lola and Ray moved to Mesa for their retirement years.
She loved to sew and used her talent to reach out to homeless and needy children served by the Salvation Army and also the Children's Crisis Center in Mesa, AZ.
Those who shared their lives and survive her are her children: Kathaleen (Richard) Oakes, Bemidji, MN, Mary (Harold) Kopf, Cavalier, ND, Ken Switzer, Devils Lake, ND; grandchildren: Bill (Laurie) Oakes, Bryce Oakes, Steven (Kara) Oakes, Julie (Mike) Dietrich; Chad (Sue) Peterson and Tamara (John) DeVore; Jennifer (Jordan) Knudson and Kyle Switzer; great-grandchildren: Landon, Brian, and Leanne; Ethan and Genevieve, Isabelle, Braedon, and Ellianna Oakes, Evan and Daniel Dietrich; Nicholas, Austin (Jeramie), Jace and Erik Peterson, Amber (Brett) Kuznia, Kristopher (Stephanie), and Brittany Bommersbach, and Jordan Hanson; Hannah and Liam Knudson; great-great-grandchildren: Payton and Bradley Kuznia, Mya Wollenberg, Olivia and Avery Peterson; step-grandchildren: Kirk (Diane) Kopf, Eryca (John) Mendel; step-great-grandchildren: Bruce (Tiffany) and Brianna Mitchell, Skyler, Carter, and Theo Rieland; 17 Doty nieces and nephews; 24 Switzer nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were husband, Ray; son, David A. Switzer at 3 ½ years of age; infant grandchildren: Michelle and David Peterson and Brent Oakes; her parents; three brothers; three sisters, son-in-law, Ken Jacobson. She was the last surviving member of her family.

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Lola was an amazing women. We rented a farm house from Ray and Lola in their yard when we were first married and have many fond memories of our times together.

2Bob and LeAnn Bachman Apr 11 2016 12:00 AM

We were good friends of Rich and Kathy (Switzer) Oakes at UND and NDSU in the mid-1960s.

John and Marilyn O;Gorden Apr 4 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Rev. 21:1-5

PW Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 Love & hugs to all of you special people!

Carla Sletten Mar 21 2016 12:00 AM

Kathy, it was good to hug you on Sunday. We are thinking of you and your family, Bill, Bryce, Steven and Julie, as you relive your favorite memories of your mom and grandma this week. Love to you all.

Becky Kangas Mar 21 2016 12:00 AM

Kathy, Mary and Ken, so very sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great neighbor and family friend growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Love, Connie Ray Voeller

Connie Ray Voeller Mar 19 2016 12:00 AM

Mary and Kathy Our sincere sympathy to you and your families on the passing of Lola. What a great lady!

Paul and Karen Harguth Mar 19 2016 12:00 AM

Mary & Harold, Our hearts are sad to hear of your mothers's passing. We had such a wonderful visit with her at your wedding reception. A graceful lady with a youthful spunk. Lola was a gem. A friend right from the start. Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all of Lola's family. Love and friendship, Jerry & Carol

Jerry & Carol Greenwood Mar 19 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Kathy, Rich and family of Lola, We are saddened to read about the passing of your mother. What a wonderful life she has led. May God bless you richly with wonderful memories. Your AZ stay has been shortened this year. See you soon in Bemidji.

Jim & Delayne Halcrow Mar 18 2016 12:00 AM

Kathy, Mary and Ken, We are so sorry to hear about your Mother. When I last talked to her in January she sounded so healthy and chipper. She was so strong. She had to be considering they lost everything in the house fire, the tragic loss of your brother, nursing Grandma Switzer in her final days and the loss of your Dad to name but a few. She was always good to me and fed me well when I was working at the farm. For someone who didn't drink water she lived a long and fruitful life. She now can reap the rewards she so rightfully deserves. Gaylene and Lee

lee and gaylene switzer Mar 17 2016 12:00 AM

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