Kathleen ‘Tiny’ Cole
Kathleen Mary Hine Cole was born February 2, 1930 to Fred and Lorena Hine in Knights Landing, California, the oldest of five sisters. Kathleen was only 3 pounds at birth so they called her “Tiny”. Her father was a government trapper so the family moved around the western states, living in California, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico. Tiny attended school in Reno, Pahrump, Stillwater, and Bunkerville Nevada; Chico and Watsonville, California, Silverton Colorado, and Coyote and Regina, New Mexico.
The Family moved to Lincoln County when Tiny was 15. A year later, on September 20, 1946 she married John D. “Jackie” Cole. They made their home at Wilson Creek and later at Winz Creek raising cattle. Jackie and Tiny are parents to Lorena, Buddy and Kathy. The family stayed on the ranch until Lorena was ready to go to school and then moved to Pioche for schooling the children. Spring and summer and fall were spent at the ranch and helping Jackie’s parents Jack and Ann Succetti Cole.
In 1960 Jackie was employed by the Nevada Highway Department at Baker Nevada. Tiny drove the school bus everyday to school. On Fridays she drove the whole Baker School to Ely for indoor swimming lessons. In 1963 the family moved back to Pioche where Jackie worked for the highway department. Tiny drove the school bus for the Lincoln County School District from Pioche to Panaca. She also started working part time at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office.
Tiny always put education as a top priority and in 1965 went to Las Vegas and earned her GED certificate. Because she did not finish high school, she told her children, if she had to, she would ride the bus to school with them everyday to make sure they graduated.
She went to work at the courthouse in the Assessor’s office and later in the Treasurer’s office. When she retired in 1989, she moved back to the Winz Creek Ranch full time, working alongside Jackie improving their place with clearing land for crested wheat, new fencing, planting a garden in the spring, hauling their firewood, and moving the spring water around to improve the pasture. She enjoyed helping Jackie on his trap lines. She was very faithful about attending her grandchildren’s events in school or the community. Tiny loved animals and over the years adopted strays, both dogs and cats.
Tiny is survived by daughters Lorena (Rick) Stever and Kathy (Lee) Hiatt, Eleven grandchildren: John and Shane Stever, J.W., Lonny, Casey (Brenda), Alan(Jamie), Austin(Jaime), and Landon Cole, Brandi (Van) Lewis, KoDee (Dell) O’Connor, Joelee (Garrett) Johnson; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Jackie, her parents Bud and Lorena Hine, son John S. “Buddy” Cole, and sisters Sylvia Wilson and Ellen Crumley.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Febr. 23, 2019 at the new Pioche Fire Station on Airport Road in Pioche at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.