Memorial: Lola Klinger Gilliland, 1948-2012
Lola Klinger Gilliland passed away Jan. 8 after a 12-plus-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was born to Wilmer “Doc” and Betty Klinger in Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 1948, and she grew up in Upland, Calif. After marrying Ted Gilliland, she raised her family in Claremont, Calif. Lola and Ted moved to Colorado in 1993. She lived in Eagle until 2010, when they moved to Greeley to be closer to their youngest son, Doug, and his family and the resources for her illness.
Lola was a graduate of Upland High School, received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of La Verne and received her master’s degree magna cum laude there, as well. Lola was a marriage and family therapist in California and also in Colorado. She also was a trained herbal and homeopathic healing consultant. She loved family, travel, piano, learning and caring for others. She is best known for being one of the most engaging, intuitive, insightful, genuine and loving people on the planet.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty, her father, Wilmer “Doc,” and her brother Wesley Klinger.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ted Gilliland, their two sons, Art Gilliland and Doug Gilliland, Art’s wife, Birgitte, and their two children, Alex and Charlotte, Doug’s wife, Meghan, and their two children, Kendall and Morgan. Lola is also survived by her brother Galen Klinger, her sister, Kathy Vairin, Michael Vairin, and their children and grandchildren, her sister, Kristy Forry, Dennis Forry and their children and grandchildren, and her brother’s widow, Jennifer Klinger, and her children and grandchildren. She is survived by many cousins and an aunt.
A service of remembrance was held Saturday. Flowers are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, you may donate to Hospice, The Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Rotary Foundation. Ted’s address is 1841 Pinecrest Lane, Greeley, CO 80631.
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