Dolores “Lollie” Gay Bowler Pearce
Dolores “Lollie” Gay Bowler Pearce, age 82, passed away July 1, surrounded by her family at the Boulder City Hospital Long Term Care Facility in Boulder City, Nev. Lollie was the third child of twelve born to James Austin Bowler and Lula Kurt on Dec. 20, 1931, in Enterprise, Utah. For years she celebrated her birthday on December 21 until she found her birth certificate and realized her birthday was the day before. She grew up in Enterprise and lived a hard life. With so many in her family, she started working at a very young age. This made her the strong person she became.
She married Keith W. Simkins on July 23, 1951 and they had four daughters. They later divorced. Lollie lived the majority of her life in Lincoln County, Nev. She moved to Yerington, Nev. to be closer to one of her very good friends. There she met the love of her life, Raymond Alonzo Pearce, and married him April 29, 1978. Ray passed away in 1981 and Lollie soon moved back to the Lincoln County area. Their marriage was sealed in the St. George Utah LDS Temple on Nov. 8, 2008.
Lollie is survived by three daughters: Sherlyn (Howard) Fackrell, Ginger Martin and Jody Simkins; six grandchildren: Amy (Donnie) Walden, Duaine, Daryl (Kristi) and Dusty Cowley, Alyssa and Veronica Garcia; eleven great-grandchildren: Gavon, Gage and Bentley Walden, Brendon, Erin and Ashlyn Cowley, Chase, Kenon, Cade, Ayden and Adalyn Cowley; eight brothers and sisters: Wallace, Bruce, Brent, Peggy, Nellie, Betty, Tina and Rosie. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Ray, daughter Tawna Lee, her parents James and Lula, sisters Edith and Velda, and her brother Kay.
Lollie was a woman with a strong faith in God who loved to crochet baby blankets for anyone who was expecting a new baby, but especially enjoyed making her blankets for her great-grandchildren. Lollie was always strong willed, independent, hardworking, caring and loving. Her family was her number one priority and she treasured every day that she got to spend with them, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lollie was known for her cooking abilities. She went to work at Skittles ‘N’ Vittles in Panaca years ago when she moved back from Yerington. She cooked a mean breakfast and had many regulars who came in everyday to eat. Later when the restaurant changed hands and was named Janne’s, she was asked to stay on as she was well known as the best cook in the county. She also worked at The Grubsteak in Pioche and whipped out some of the best lunches. If her food did not look good on that plate, it did not go out to the customer. She was well respected by her employers as a hard worker and dedicated employee. She was a very proud woman and expected to pay her own way.
She will be missed by her family and many friends every day. They know God needs her more than they do and has a plan for her. A family memorial is scheduled later to celebrate her life.