Person:Leola Richter (1)

Leola Letitia Richter
b.30 Dec 1915 Montana
m. 19 Jun 1907
  1. Cecelia Lenore Richter1908 - 2004
  2. Seldon L Richter1910 - 1999
  3. Byron Emil Richter1913 - 1978
  4. Leola Letitia Richter1915 - 2011
  5. Vernon Vincent Richter1919 - 2007
  6. Worrell Lincoln Richter1923 - 2008
m. 2 Jul 1934
  1. Bonny Jean Hentz1936 - 2012
Facts and Events
Name Leola Letitia Richter
Gender Female
Birth[1][2][3] 30 Dec 1915 Montanain a homestead house on the prairie of Northeastern Montana
Education[1] 1934 Hinsdale, Valley, Montanagraduated Hinsdale High School
Marriage 2 Jul 1934 Hinsdale, Valley, Montanato Thomas Harry Hentz
Residence 1935 Hinsdale, Valley, Montanawith Thomas Harry Hentz
Occupation[1] Est 1940 Great Falls, Cascade, Montanaattended Beauty School and then opened her first beauty shop
Census 1 Apr 1940 Great Falls, Cascade, Montana_SHAR: ROLE: Family
with Thomas Harry Hentz
Residence Est 1941 Seattle, King, Washingtonwith Thomas Harry Hentz
Divorce Est 1949 from Thomas Harry Hentz
Residence[9] Feb 2007 Sedro Woolley, Skagit, WashingtonSecondary date: 15 FEB 2007
Residence[8] Sedro Woolley, Skagit, WashingtonSecondary date: 1990 1501 Collins Rd, Apt 601
Residence[1] Vadalia, Montananear Secondary date: 1920
Death[1][2][3][4][5][10] 19 Aug 2011 Mount Vernon, Skagit, Washington
Other[1][6] Link to Parents
Other[1][5][7] Mount Vernon, Skagit, WashingtonBurial details Hawthorne Memorial Park
Soc Sec No[3] 531-26-8570


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 , (I)Skagit Valley Herald, Washington, .
    Obituary of Leola Letitia (Richter) Hentz Robinson; 24 Aug 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Social Security Death Index
    Leola L Robinson.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Washington Digital Archives," Washington State Archives, ( : accessed ), , .
    April 2012; index; Death index.
  4. Leola's Life Story, in Graveside service program, 27 August 2011, privately held by Karen Martin, ((sc)address.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Find A, digital record, Find A Grave (
    Leola Letitia Richter Robinson, memorial #75682537.
  6. Marriage Certificate
    Thomas Hentz & Leola Richter, Valley County, Montana, page 97, number 3906.
  7. Find A, digital record, Find A Grave (
    Tom Hentz, Memorial #98041495.
  8., "," database, ( accessed ), .
    US Public Records Index, Vol 2; April 2012; Leola L Robinson.
  9. Vernon Vincent Richter obituary, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 16 Feb 2007,.
  10. In a little homestead house on the prairie, in Northeastern Montana, Leola Letitia Richter, born December 30, 1915, was the fourth of six children born to her parents, Alexander LeRoy (Roy) and Adeline (McLeod) Richter. Adeline was a wonderful Christian lady whose deep abiding faith had a significant impact on her entire family, carrying them through some very difficult trials. 

    The family lived near Vandalia, Montana, during extremely hard times, finally moving to Hindsale, Montana, where Leola graduated from Hindsale High School with the class of 1934. 

    On July 2, 1934 Leola and Thomas Harry Hentz were married, 4 years to the day that Leola's sister, Cecelia, had married Tom's brother, August John Hentz.

    Leola worked for the Hinsdale newspaper, and a hardware store for a short time. During those years Leola loved playing the piano and organ and singing the old favorite hymns at special events. 

    A few years after the birth of Tom and Leola's 2 daughters, Dolly Lenore and Bonny Jean, Leola attended Beauty School in Great Falls where she met her lifelong best friend Jean Korum. 

    The rest of the family remained in Fort Peck, Montana, where father Tom worked on construction of the Fort Peck Dam. The family moved to Great Falls, where Leola had her first beauty shop. 

    Near the start of World War II Tom found work at Boeing in Seattle, and later moved the family there. Leola worked at several different jobs while in Seattle: for Northwest Airlines, managing the night flight kitchen when SeaTac was just being developed, she purchased and ran the beauty shop at Madison Park, in Seattle, then was an assistant teacher for Rich Whitman School. 

    Prior to the Madison Park Beauty Shop years Tom and Leola were divorced. Several years later she married Duane E. Robinson, a career US Navy sailor. The marriage lasting until his death in November 2000. Leola and Duane lived at Madison Park, in Seattle, California, Hawaii for a couple of years, Auburn, then in a home Duane helped build at Bonney Lake, then Lynnwood, and their final home, built by Duane, on Pleasant Ridge in Mount Vernon. Several years after Duane's death Leola fell and broke her hip, forcing her to move from her home to Country Meadow Village in Sedro-Woolley, close to her daughter Dolly and family. During the last days of her life Leola had excellent 24 hour a day care, provided by Patricia and Kimberly of Caregivers Network with excellent medical care by Skagit Hospice. 

    In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Skagit Hospice, 819 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or a favorite charity. 

    Leola was a life long member of The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as the Community of Christ. 

    Leola (Richter) Robinson died August 19, 2011, at the age of 95. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Adeline Richter; her 5 siblings, Cecelia, Seldon, Byron, Vernon, and Worrell Richter. Remaining are her 2 daughters and their families, Dolly (Hentz) Tompkins, husband Raymond, and children, son Tom and wife Robin, and family, daughter, Raylynn Pavelich and husband Duane and family, daughter Renee' Kitchener and husband Ron and their family, and son David and wife Barbara; Leola's second daughter, Bonny (Hentz) Peterson and husband David, Lynnwood, WA and their children, Rachel, Wendy Rancourt and husband Wayne and their sons, Elizabeth Peterson and family, Kris Barber and husband Paul and their family, and son Steve. Plus, many great and great, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Emma Richter of Maple Valley and Helen Richter of Big Sandy, Montana. 

    Leola's love, and her warm hospitality provided rich memories for us all. 

    A graveside service will be at Hawthorne Funeral Home & Memorial Park. 

    Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on August 24, 2011