Jan's Aunt Lola passed away August 1, 2012. She was 91 years old. She was such a sweet lady and had many friends and admirers. I was one of them. Here are a few things I know about her and learned about her at the funeral.
She was a little sister of my husband's father, Leo Robison.
She was the wife of George Crow for 37 years and after he passed away she became the wife of Cort Dixon, who was a high school sweetheart and a rival of George. Cort passed away three weeks before Lola. Each of her husbands loved and adored her. She was good at picking her men.
She is the mother of Diana and the grandmother of Tyler, Camden and Catherine. They were the loves of her life.
She welcomed me into the family in 1980 with open arms and open heart. She was truly happy for us and made me feel so loved.
This is the reason I felt that I had to go to her funeral.
She was an amazing cook and loved to serve her guests, but occasionally when she wasn't in the mood she would put a can of tuna in the center of the dining table and that was the signal to Uncle George that he was to take them out for dinner that night.
I am posting a recipe of hers below. It was served by her last old friend on earth at her funeral luncheon. I went and scoured my recipe books that she had given me over the years and it was not in there, but when I looked in Jan's mother's (another amazing cook) recipe file, I found it.
Here it is:
Fruited Cherry Salad
Combine in saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring frequently....
1 can (1 lb) sour pie cherried and liquid
1 can (1 lb) crushed pineapple and liquid
2/3 Cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 drops red food coloring
Remove from hear. Add, stirring until dissolved...
1 package ( 3 oz) orange flavored gelatin
Cool until slightly thickened. Stir in...
2 large bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped nut
Pour into 6 cup mold. Chill till firm.
Makes 8-10 servings.
I don't have a photo of this dish but I can attest to it's deliciousness.
I love you, Aunt Lola