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In Loving Memory

Lona Leona (Cook) Krabbenhoft Dixon

August 11, 1924 – June 25, 2021

Proverbs 9:11 For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.

Lona Le (as she was called by family) of Manvel, Texas passed away on June 25, 2021 after a long, faithful and well-lived life.  She was respected by all and touched many hearts with her kindness and grace.

Lona Le (Cook) was born to a Jeff Davis County ranching couple, Ezra and Lottie (Yaeger) Cook on August 11, 1924.  She was born in her Grandmother’s house in Alpine Texas and was attended to by her “Auntie” Lona Cook whom she was named for.  Auntie did nursing care around the Alpine area caring for new mothers, the sick and the elderly.

Lona Le’s early life was not an easy one as her Daddy died when she was three years old, her older brother 5 and younger sister 1.  Her mother did not remain in sorrow as she needed to find a way to support her little family of three children through the depression of West Texas in the 1920’s and the Great Depression in the 1930’s.  But faith ran strong through her mother who found a way to raise three God-fearing children to adulthood. 

After graduating from Alpine High School, Lona Le was hired at Marfa Army Airfield.  She transfered her position when she and her mother moved to San Angelo, Texas in 1944.  It was at San Angelo Army Airfield that she met the love of her life, Harold Krabbenhoft.  He swept her off her feet and they were married less than 6 months later in Wilmington, North Carolina near Harold’s base.  They were happily married for over 50 years.  

They settled in Northern California while Harold attended school and began his career as a Certified Court Reporter.  They began their family with the birth of their son Robert and finally their daughter Barbara.  The reporting business took them to Carson City, Nevada in 1969 where Capitol Reporters firm was established.  Although the offices were downtown the phone rang at the residence also.  Lona Le was head secretary by name and kept things together as only the wife of the owner could. 

Lona Le’s passion was her family and she loved caring for her home and children.  She was a proficient dressmaker, making many of the clothes that she and her daughter wore.  She loved crafting and painting.  But she was multitalented, she poured concrete, tended the large garden that her husband managed to plant every year, rode in jeeps on the back roads, traveled many miles in a RV, shoveled snow, served as PTA president, and could cook like no one’s business!  Her smile was infectious and as wide as the Texas sky, her speech accented with a West Texas drawl.  Although made of steel, with a coating of sweetness and diplomacy, Lona Le was always a steadying and calming influence. The sense of humor that lay behind the twinkle in her eye helped many to see the lighter side of things. She was blessed with the gift of hospitality.  Invitations to friends, and strangers, to share a meal in her home were a familiar offering and those who accepted left her presence feeling loved. 

She was ever faithful to her Lord and Savior and was tireless in the many ways she served.  Lona Le taught Sunday School to kindergarteners through seniors.  She worked in many Vacation Bible Schools throughout the years.  As a senior, at First Baptist Church Carson City, Nevada, she initiated a Ladies’ Tea Party team that would visit invalid and home bound seniors.  They would pack up their pretty teacups, dainty treats, and colorful napkins and make those often-forgotten ladies feel loved.  At the completion of 19 years of service at the church, they declared it Lona Krabbenhoft day.  Little did they realize she wasn’t finished yet and she went on to serve by teaching the Senior Ladies Sunday School Class for 20 more years.  

In 2009, Lona Le moved to Texas to live with her daughter and continued to attend church regularly where she encouraged others in any way she could. 

Throughout her life, Lona Le had the unique ability to do whatever she needed to be a friend and advocate.  She was known to attend doctor visits with those that needed an additional ear to hear the doctor’s advice be able to recall it as they left the office.  She sat with friends who were dying and held their hand until the end.  She even did this for her mother-in-law whom she loved dearly.  She flew across country to render care at the bedside during the final 3 months of her mother’s life. Lona Le faithfully cared for her husband at home until he lost his 10-year battle with cancer.  She was familiar with death and it did not scare her.  Her faith and strength have been a testimony to many, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she will be sorely missed.  One nephew penned this about his Aunt “You are a treasure.  You have lived a life of purpose.  Christ through you has mattered through your extended family, your churches, your many friends, and now to future generations.”

Lona Le was preceded in death by her parents, her Husband, Harold Krabbenhoft of Carson City, Nevada (in 1997) and a daughter born prematurely (in 1950).  In addition, her brother Mr. Ezra Cook passed in 2011 and her sister, Mrs. Alice (Cook) Ross in 2012. 

She is survived by her son, Robert Fred (Kris), daughter, Barbara, her five Grandchildren, Betty Jo, Kathleen, Jeffery, Emily, and Jonathan, and her seven Great Grandchildren, Gavin, Nicolas, Benjamin, William, Claire, Timothy Jr., and Gabriel. 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Southview Baptist Church, 23003 Hwy 288, Rosharon, TX 77583. 

Her final resting place will be next to her husband at Lone Mountain Cemetery Carson City, Nevada. 

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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8 thoughts on “Lona Leona (Cook) Krabbenhoft Dixon”

  1. Oh how I will miss my Lona and seeing her every Friday. It was a pleasure being able to do her hair every week. I loved all the countless stories she would tell and her witty sense of humor. I sure didn’t know that when I did her hair the week before last that it would be my last time to hug that precious woman. She was always a great end to a busy week. I know she is walking, dancing, laughing, and telling stories and playing catch up to all that have been waiting for her, especially Jesus, like Barbara told me! RIP sweet Lona 💗💗

  2. Martha Edmundson

    Lina and my parents, Al and Mabel Edmundson, we’re long time friends in Carson City. One of my favorite memories was when my sister Minnie, myself, and our children drove to Carson City during a huge snow. We got stuck just down the block from our parents. Lona had made us tortilla soup that was the tastiest I’d ever had. She always had something great to eat that she generously shared with others. Her grace, humor and kindness will always be remembered. We’ll done, good and faithful servant.

  3. Trudy Garrison

    I am blessed to have known for a few years. She was gracious, kind, and sweet.
    Lona, you are missed by so many. Thank you for gracing my life.

  4. Phuong Nguyen

    I am blessed by reading her life story. She left a beautiful and wonder-full legacy for her loved ones.

  5. BettyJo Keenan

    My life has lost a significant prayer warrior. I will miss my grandma's sweet voice. There was always a special delight in my grandma's face and voice when she saw me or heard my voice. It was a great blessing on my life to have someone I knew was always glad to see me or even to just get a phone call. Grammy could light up a room with her smile, but she always lit up my life. I miss you, Grammy!

  6. While I never met Lona, I have the pleasure of knowing her daughter, Barbara and her granddaughter Emily. Two of the sweetest ladies I know. I’m sure they will miss her greatly until they meet her again in Heaven! They definitely got good genes! Prayers and Blessings to your family Lona. God will hold them in the palm of his hand until you are together again.

    1. I have such fond memories of Lona when I was just a teenager in Carson City. She was close friends with my mom and was like a second mom to me. She also became my brother's mother-in-love.
      I was privileged to ride with her as she drove a car to my brother and her daughter in Los Angeles at which time we got to meet her first grandchild and my niece. Then we returned on what was my first international airplane ride.
      She continued to be a blessing to me as I got opportunities to visit her after I moved way and started a family of my on.
      She truly was a blessing to all she met. She will be missed. Earth's loss is heaven's gain.

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