Lifelong area resident Lillian Lucille Jakino died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the Gingerich Home in Farmington. She was 94.
Mrs. Jakino was born to Michael and Marina Perino on Dec. 13, 1917, in Durango. When she was a young girl, her family moved from their farm at Falfa, on the Florida Mesa, to Silverton, where she grew up.
Mrs. Jakino helped her father deliver milk in Silverton. She graduated from Silverton High School in 1937, with honors.
On Nov. 5, 1938, she married James C. Jakino in Silverton. They raised a family of four while running a “Grade A” dairy for Creamland on Florida Mesa. The Jakinos lived and worked on the farm for 45 years.
After she and her husband retired to a home in the Durango, she spent her time gardening, reading, doing needlework and making apple pies for lucky recipients, her family said. She enjoyed fishing for bass and crappie at Lake Powell with her husband, family and friends, and hosting large family gatherings.
“Her beer-battered catfish was second to none,” Mrs. Jakino’s family said. “Nothing made her smile like having a grandchild or great-grandchild on her lap.”
She was a member of Sorelle di Colombo Lodge No. 29, an organization that brings together families of Italian heritage.
Mrs. Jakino was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, James C. Jakino; son Lewis Wayne Jakino; and great-granddaughter Lily Rose Day.
She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Nanna, of Durango; sons Michael Jakino of Farmington and Richard Jakino of Montrose; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today, Oct. 18, 2012, at Hood Mortuary, 1261 East Third Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave. The Rev. James Koenigsfeld will officiate. Burial will take place afterward at Greenmount Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the La Plata County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2164, Durango, CO 81302.