Lola Vae Roper Becker was born on May 12th, 1936, to Ealum and Eva Roper between brothers Alton and Gerald in Butler, Alabama. She passed through the Pearly Gates of Heaven to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the morning of December 14th.
She and her family moved to Crestview, Florida in 1951. She graduated from Crestview High School in 1954, and continued to organize monthly luncheons for her classmates until her health no longer allowed.
After graduation, she worked at the Fox Theater, where her mother managed the concession stand. She went to work for Gerlach Motors until 1956, when she went to work for Vitro Services. It was there, she met the love of her life, Louis, and it changed she and Dusty’s life forever! He was from Santa Rosa Beach, but he was definitely moving to Crestview for his “Sweetie”! Louis adopted her daughter, Dusty, and then in 1963 they had their son, Randy. They built a life to be admired, 62 years together as partners in everything.
Her employment with Vitro Services at EAFB allowed her to hold several positions, moving up to Supervisor of Publications. She was a force with whom to be reckoned, regardless of what she was involved in, whether it was raising hogs and chickens, creating the cookbooks and organizing the Christmas Parties for Vitro or family gatherings. She was the boss, which everyone knew and accepted, because they knew she was the person for the job!!!
She and Louis are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Crestview. She was very involved with the Woman’s Circle and with every event at the church, always cooking one of her famous recipes for each event. They hosted Easter Egg Hunts each year at their home. Her baked beans were a must at each cookout!
After 41 years, they both retired together in 1997. Afterwards, they continued a life of adventure, camping all over the country. They owned several travel trailers, which she lovingly equipped with everything they needed along the way. They enjoyed taking their grandsons to the mountains every summer, and they made lifelong friends wherever they camped. They were often Camp Hosts at the state parks where they stayed.
Lola had a nurturing soul. She took care of and moved her mother into their home as her mother battled cancer. Lola was the backbone of the family. She was preceded in death by her parents and both of her brothers. She is survived by the love of her life, Louis, her daughter, Dusty and husband Dan Allison, their son, Justin and Dan’s sons, Joseph and his wife Sarah and their sons Luke and Caleb, and Phillip and his wife Rebecca. She is also survived by “her baby” Randy and his wife Tammie, Randy’s sons Cody and his wife Jessica and their children, Eli and Finley and Cory and his wife Kaylie and their daughter, Rylynn. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, whom she loved as her own!
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to The First Presbyterian Church of Crestview in Lola’s name or the charity of your choice in her honor.
There will be a time of visitation Saturday, December 17th at 9:30 am at First Presbyterian Church of Crestview. Her service will begin at 10:30 am led by Pastor Mark Broadhead at the church. Interment will take place at Gulf Cemetery on County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
We love you Mama and you will be dearly missed in so many ways.