Lola, who was reared in Vidalia, Georgia moved to Lompoc with her military husband. When the couple first moved to Lompoc, she assumed as a military family, “we’d be here three years and then we’d be gone. But we are still here.”
From 1964 to 1998, Lola was an LVMC employee. She began as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the pediatrics ward and later became a Ward Clerk for 18 years in the Medical-Surgical unit. At the end of her working life, she staffed Central Supply.
“I enjoyed what I did,” she says. “I felt I was appreciated for it. I didn’t feel like it was a job.”
Though it’s harder to relate to the “new” hospital after spending so much time at the building on C Street, Lola recalls, “This place was my life. I always said when I retired, I’d work in the gift shop.”
The mother of four is now the grandmother of eight and great-grandmother to 18. She enjoys the beauty of the current hospital, and volunteering she’ll often see familiar faces — including her granddaughter, Tiffany Mamane, a Purchasing Department buyer.
Once Lola became a volunteer right after retirement, it felt as if she hadn’t even left.
“My husband said I was crazy to come to work at the hospital and not get paid for it. But I was happy every year I worked at the hospital and I’m very happy volunteering. It’s like my second home.”