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Obituary: Lois Hanna

Longtime resident Lois Hanna passed away quietly in her sleep at the home of her daughter Kimberly on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Lois was the eldest child of Hobart Dunnigan "Doc" Wilbanks and Velva Lois Bruce Wilbanks, born Oct. 8, 1932, in Eagar, Ariz. Lois grew up on farms and ranches in Arizona, New Mexico and California, and graduated high school in Barstow, Calif., where she was a drum majorette. A high point of Lois' senior year was performing in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Lois came to Kingman in 1949 when her parents bought a motor court on Route 66 and later built the Siesta Motel. She married Kenneth Dale Hanna in 1953 and the couple had three children.

Lois enjoyed working evenings in several restaurants - most notably the Holiday House and the Jade - before opening her own place in the mid-'60s. Lois and her husband Dale built the Rio Colorado Drive-In Cafe in Bullhead City from the ground up. The Rio Colorado featured one of the first drive-thru windows in town and was known for great burgers and tacos. The couple also built one of the first homes in the Hualapai Mountains together with friends and family.

An active member of the Mohave County Republican Central Committee, Lois worked for Sam Steiger during his terms in Congress and campaigned for Sen. Barry Goldwater's 1964 bid for the presidency. She was a founding member of Kingman Republican Women and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Lois loved history, travel and antique quilt shows. Along with her husband, she toured much of the country in the couple's motor home and, more recently, enjoyed exploring historic towns, old missions, museums and pueblos throughout New Mexico. Her first passport in 2010 took her to San Jose, Del Cabo, and Todos Santos, Mexico.

She is survived by a brother, H. D. Wilbanks II, of Waco, Texas; her children Evelynn "Eve" Hanna, Kimberly Hanna and Mike Hanna of Kingman; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.