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Lila Ann Lane

July 31, 1936 ~ December 17, 2020 (age 84)


Lila Ann Lane (King) was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Annie Tiger and Wiley Harjo King. A member of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation, Lila was raised on the reservation. Lila lost both of her parents while still a child and was adopted by Leila Wyrick. Lila moved to California with her new adoptive family including three brothers, Kenneth, Dennis, and Dale. Lila was married twice and had six children: Renée D. Dinwiddie, Alexander Senegal Jr., Ronald Wright, Johnnie Andrew, Quintin Andrew, and Tracie Lane. In her 40's, Lila moved to Portland, Oregon with her three youngest children. It was in Portland where Lila met Van Neyland, her best friend and life partner, who remained by her side for over 30 years until her transition.

Lila is survived by four of her six children, eleven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

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