Obituary, Siskiyou

Lola Marie DeAvilla

January 25, 1986  –  August 20, 2023

Source Girdner Funeral Chapel


Lola Marie DeAvilla left this earth on Sunday morning, August 20, 2023 to a place without her earthly limitations. Lola shared her Life, Love and Spirit with everyone she met without ever saying a word!

Lola was born at the Ashland Community Hospital on January 25, 1986 on her Grandpa Bruce “Boo” Winningham’s birthday. Lola’s birth was extremely difficult because she was a month overdue, had the cord around her neck three times and aspirated meconium. At three months of age Lola was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. We had to learn how to “ADAPT”, our family motto, to give Lola a full life. One of the first services Lola received was The Parent Infant program run by John and Sharon Chestnut. From that program we met Larry and Nancy Castle with their daughters Sadie and Logan. Mary was invited to join A.S.K. (About Special Kids.) This allowed us to meet other parents of special needs kids who became lifelong friends.

Lola started special day classes where she was bused out of Montague. We went to Dan Laney, the principle at Montague Elementary, and asked if Lola could go to 1st grade in her home town school. Thanks to Dan Laney and Donna Griffin, the 1st grade teacher, Lola went all the way through Montague and graduated to Yreka High. After Lola’s first day at Montague school she had come home and there was a knock at the door and it was Kelsey and Kayla asking if Lola could play! Lola had friends from the first day and they were her Guardian Angels! Lola graduated Yreka High and attended College of the Siskiyous.

Through the years Lola has done more than many people thought would be possible: snow skiing, dancing, camping every year of her life, Special Needs camp in Bridge, Oregon, going to Shakespeare, the Cabaret, Craterian, Pioneer Center, rafting the Klamath River, roller skating, bowling, Special Olympics, jet boat rides on the Rogue River and swimming. She loved her sand rail. Going fast was her favorite thing! Lola was in many parades and loved music. She has been to see many big concerts, including her favorite, Garth Brooks. Locally Lola loved the music of Rusty Miller and The Riverrock Band.

Lola was in many Color Runs and a nighttime Neon Run, many baseball games, basketball games and volleyball games to watch her niece and nephew Brooklynn and Carmine play sports. Lola loved participating in workout classes with Tammy at College of the Siskiyous. Lola rode horses with Stable Hands as one of the first clients. Lola has been on a hot air balloon ride, breast cancer walks and even was in the Rascal Rodeo. Lola had a strange sense of humor, laughing when anyone got hurt. I think it was her way of saying it would be okay. Lola would get mad whenever her sister Delilah or Uncle Louie would leave the house. Lola loved parties and opening gifts.

Lola and Max Frick had Max and Lola’s Bakery, making dog cookies and selling them at Craft Fairs. Lola had many dogs in our house that brought her so much joy.

Lola would not have made it this far without all the family, friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, therapists, caregivers, Far Northern Regional Center workers, and recently the Siskiyou Opportunity Center where she got to reunite with old friends.

Lola is survived by her parents Rick and Mary DeAvilla; sister Delilah DeAvilla; her niece and nephew, Brooklynn and Carmine; grandma Mary DeAvilla; Lisa and Joe Faris, their children Amy and David Dunlap, Tina and Tyler Smith; David Faris, Joseph and Jenna Faris; Brenda and Joe Sisk and their daughter Megan Sisk; Denise DeAvilla Smith and her daughter Emily Smith; Lola’s great uncle Louie Machado; Wendy Winningham and her children Michelle and Adam Cates, Leah and Chris Konvalin, Thomas and Dana Potter, Katy Potter; David and Torrie Winningham and their children Tara and Tyler Peckham, Taylor and Joey Eiffert, Logan and Ashley Winningham; Richard and Vickie Winningham and children Aaron Winningham, Sara Cabitto, Madison Beltramo, Adam Beltramo; aunt Lori Carlson, numerous cousins Derek, Francis, Dylan, Lola, Isaac, Ella, Gabe, Shelby, Selma, Milla, Josey, Hannah, Morgan, Tallullah, Randy, Lilly, Lucas, Kolter, great aunt Audrey DeAvilla, great aunt Sharon Winningham, and cousin Rory McNeil.

Lola was preceded in death by her great great grandmother Lola Tyler whom she is named after, great grandparents Tony and Freda DeAvilla, Frank and Adelaide Machado, Logan Walker and Mary Walker, Selma and Red Sorrels, grandparents Richard DeAvilla, Bruce “Boo” and Carole Winningham, Perry Murphy, great aunt Evelyn Tyler, great uncles Frank and Linda Machado, and Tony and Bernice Machado, Mary Machado, and cousin Morgan Sisk.

We are planning a celebration of life for Lola on Sunday September 24th 1PM at the Hawkinsville Hall 1601 Hawkinsville Humbug Road in Yreka. Please bring your favorite dish to share.

We would like memorial contributions to go to the Portland Shriners Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon 97239 or the Hawkinsville Hall Association, PO Box 1434, Yreka, CA 96097.


Celebration Of Life

Sunday, September 24, 2023


Hawkinsville Hall 
1516 Hawkinsville-Humbug Road 
Yreka, CA 96097

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