Lola Jesamine Ollerton Turley was born in Parowan, Utah on November 9, 1887 as the fourth of eight children to James Ollerton and Mary Emma Adams. Lola attended the public elementary schools in Parowan until 1903 when she began attending the Beaver Branch of Brigham Young University (BYU). After graduating from high school in 1906, Lola attended BYU in Provo, Utah where she became qualified as a teacher. She taught for one year in Beaver and two years in Parowan. She then attended the University of Utah during the summer and went back to BYU from 1910 to 1911. During the next year she taught school in Parowan where she met Marion Turley and then went to Snowville for a year. Lola married Marion on October 8, 1913 in the Salt Lake Temple. They went on a honeymoon to Los Angeles before settling on a farm south of Tempe, Arizona. They had no children, which saddened Lola. Lola and Marion eventually became prosperous because of the success of their dairy farm. Lola enjoyed traveling and traveled throughout much of the United States and Canada. In 1959 Lola had a heart attack and was diagnosed with diabetes. Lola died on June 29, 1963 in Mesa, Arizona.
This collection contains a five page typewritten biography of Lola Turley, written by her sister, Sadie Ollerton Clark. Lola's picture is included on the first page. This biography frequently diverts from detailing the life events of Lola and talks about other family members' lives. Because Lola's husband remarried after Lola's death and his step-children took all of the wealth that Lola and Marion had accumulated, Sadie laments, 'What I feel badly about is that as soon as Lola was buried she seemed to have been forgotten by everyone. All her work enriched only those she knew nothing about; everything she had done or wanted to have done was ignored.'