Lola Elizabeth Thexton

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THEXTON;  Lola Elizabeth (nee Gardiner) ~ passed away peacefully, content with a life well-lived, on September 3rd, 2018, surrounded by her three loving daughters. Lola was a determined, optimistic & upbeat person, who always saw the good in everyone she met. She loved music, baking, (entering many fairs & exhibitions over the years with her award winning cookies & pies), reading, gardening & being an active member of the United Church.  One couldn’t pass through Lola’s kitchen without being offered a freshly baked cookie, square, or other sweet, and always with a cup of tea. You inevitably went home with a sample.  Lola’s story started on May 29th, 1926, one of six children to Henrietta Gardiner (Foster) and Charles Gardiner. They were a farm family based on Carmel Line, and along with siblings Doris, Florence, Lois, Jean and big brother Bert, Lola soon learned the value of hard work, a lesson she applied throughout her life.  Determined to get an education, she graduated high school at 16, and Teacher’s College a year later. Her tenacity led to an extended teaching career. It started in a one room K-8 school house, and concluded 37 years later in the Town of Millbrook. She fell in love with Clayton Thexton in 1945, despite the fact that on their first date he took her to a wrestling match. They were married in 1950, and over the next few years rounded out their family with three wonderful girls. Clayton and Lola enjoyed more than 50 years together, travelling, celebrating family, and taking pleasure in their many grandchildren; whether helping Grandma bake, garden, read, cook or play games on their family farm.  Lola, wife, mother, grandmother/momma & great-grandmother, was a woman with a true zest for life. Her positivity, graciousness, humility and sense of humour impacted all who knew her.  Lola leaves behind many loved ones; her sister Lois, daughters Lindsey (Fred), Dawn (Valerie), and Connie (Rod). Grandchildren Mindy, Adam, Will, Kierstan, Natalie, Stephanie, Ali, Amalia & Alex. Lola’s cookies, hugs, and words of wisdom will be missed by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her loss is felt by her large extended family including her many nieces & nephews whom she loved dearly.

Service Information

Visitation will be held at the Millbrook Christian Assembly, 71 King St. W., Millbrook on Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A service will be held in the church on Saturday, September 8th at 1:00 pm. A private family interment will be held at the Zion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Lola would have loved for you to make a donation to a Charity of your Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook. Online donations or condolences may be made at


Connie and family, We are very sorry to hear that your mom has passed on. She was a wonderful person and visiting with her was always a joy & I always loved to hear the history of the road. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Don & Trish Chapman

I learned this sad news this afternoon when I was speaking to Lois. Lola was a neighbour for many years and Connie often baby sat our two boys. She was our boys first teacher when we moved to Millbrook and they were just starting school. She was a lovely and kind lady and will be sadly missed by many. My sincere sympathy to all the family.

James Chaplin

Karl and I send our heartfelt sympathies to all the family. Best wishes and deep condolences. Jill Stocker and Karl Klarer

Jill Stocker

To Lola's family: Yesterday was my daughter's first day of grade 2 and for some reason, you were on my mind. I didn't even know you had left us, but really, you never will. I know the amazingly positive impact you had in my life as my teacher, and can only imagine how your family feels about the good times you shared. You were the apple of my eye as far as teachers go:) So much so that I gave you a gold ring that said love. Years after you retired, you saw my Grandpa Wilf and said, bring Jody by, I want to give her something. So we visited, I remember it was Christmas time and you had the stocking my mom made hanging on your door. You told me you treasured it and put it out every year. This meant so much to me. Then you gave me back that ring that said Love and told me to give it to my child someday. Yes, we had tea, we had sweets and a lovely visit. So glad she got to meet my daughter and now, I tell her all about this amazing teacher that I had when I was her age. Mrs. Thexton. Now, you watch over us all Lola, dance with your beloved in heaven and be at peace knowing you made a difference, to so many!

Jody Gillis

So sorry to hear of the passing of Amalia s Grandmother. I know she will be dearly missed. All our thoughts and prayers for the whole family. Love, Aunt Pat, Uncle Brian, Ryan, Scott, Jordan and Caleigh.

Pat and Brian Whitlock

I was sadden to hear that you had left us Lola but may be one we will be reunited again I was so fortunate to have known you and sharing good laugns my deepest condolences to the family with much love

Paulette harrigan

So sorry to hear of Lola's passing. She was such a kind ,sweet person. She taught our daughters & was always thought of kindly. Our condolences to all the family

Ralph & Elaine Cole

Amalia and Family. We are deeply saddened by the news of your grandmother passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Fowler family

Robert and Diane Fowler

Mrs. Thexton was my Grade 1 teacher at Dr. Powers School in Port Hope in 1956 or so. I had had a rough start in school and had not enjoyed Kindergarden. She turned that around and I loved Grade 1. I remember the math and reading. My parents were thrilled with the change in me. It was all due to her teaching and I believe she started me on the way to becoming a teacher myself. My deepest sympathies to all of her family.

Stephen Snell

Lola was the personification of a dear. Sweet lady--unselfish, caring and kind and always thinking of others first. She had a life well lived and well loved and will be dearly missed.

Kathy Pimmett

Lola was an incredible woman who touched so many lives with her love. A life well spent.

Hans & Lois Grieger

From the moment I met Lola, I loved her. She had a real presence; graceful, non-assuming, and kind. Her lovely spirit will live on in the many lives she touched, not least in her three exceptional girls. Our heartfelt condolences , Charlene and Mark

Charlene Haley

Mrs Thexton was my grade three teacher at Millbrook Public School. She was a very kind and always happy person and I still have a lot of very fond memories from those years. Whether we were seeing her in church or at school she was always touching our lives, my condolences to all the family,

Susan Allison