February 15, 1919 to October 14, 2009
Lora Wilson, a long time resident of Estes Park passed away October 14, 2009.
Lora and her husband “Woody” moved from Southern Illinois to Estes Park in 1946. At that time, they opened a refrigeration and electrical contracting and repair business which they ran for several years. In 1952 Lora and Woody built the first motel in Estes Park. Lora ran the “Park O Tel” located at the corner of Elkhorn Avenue and Spruce Drive. In later years Lora and Woody owned and ran the Estes Park Electric and Gift Shop which was located next to the Wheel Bar, and then the first car wash in Estes Park on the South Saint Vrain Highway.
Along with participating in several local organizations, Lora and Woody had a big part in the start of the Harmony Foundation and the Al-Anon group there. She was an honorary member of both the Estes Park Quota Club and the Estes Park Women’s Club. Lora was a member of the Community Church of the Rockies since 1947.
She is survived by her daughter, Roselyn, a son Ken and his wife Pam, five grandchildren and their wives, seven great grandchildren, sister Eleanor Rorex, in-laws Bob and Nola Wilson and Opal Slavin, and several nieces and nephews. Lora was preceded in death by her husband, Woody and a son, Richard Allen.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lora’s memory to the Harmony Foundation of Estes Park in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to see Lora’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.