Bee­hive Homes Com­mu­nity Spot­light: Le­ola Buffo

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Ev­ery com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- the-earth kinda peo­ple. Join us as each month as we high­light one of our long­time mem­bers in the com­mu­nity.

Le­ola Buffo was born in 1925 in Span­ish Fork. She was born in her fam­ily’s home on 600 North. Her fa­ther, Thomas Bona, and her mother, Ve­ola, raised seven chil­dren in that tiny hum­ble home. The Bonas lived there for many years un­til it was even­tu­ally torn down and a new home built in its place. The fam­ily owned the whole block and would later de­velop it so ev­ery child would have a build­ing lot.

Thomas had a large farm in Ben­jamin where he raised beef cat­tle, grew al­falfa and had a large plot of sugar beets. “One time when I was very young, it was time to thin out the beet rows. My dad told me to thin out one row. I looked down the row; it looked like a mile long. I told my dad I didn’t want to thin out the beets. He walked me over to a large tree and sat me down in the shade, and told me to stay put un­til the chores were done. My fa­ther was so kind and gen­tle — I loved him very much,” Le­ola said. She would take on the nick­name “Spud” af­ter that day, maybe be­cause she re­fused to thin out the beets and it was her fa­ther’s way of keep­ing his tem­per.

Le­ola at­tended Span­ish Fork High School. She loved busi­ness classes and ex­celled in the dif­fi­cult sub­jects. “I re­ally en­joyed the busi­ness sub­jects. The boys usu­ally took the busi­ness classes, but I knew I wanted to learn those sub­jects, so I took as many as I could and gained a good un­der­stand­ing of busi­ness,” Le­ola said. Soon Geneva Steel took no­tice of Le­ola and as a se­nior in high school she ap­plied to work in its fi­nance depart­ment as a clerk.

She worked for Geneva Steel for two years and then the bomb fell on Hiroshima. and taught at Orem High School. Geneva laid of hun­dreds of work­ers Af­ter six years, he went to work for Geneva af­ter that and pro­duc­tion of steel prod­ucts Steel where he was em­ployed un­til he slowed across the coun­try. A lit­tle while re­tired. Frank and Le­ola owned a gift store af­ter the bomb fell, a boy she had met on Main Street in Span­ish Fork - it was a years ear­lier came home from the war. Hall­mark store. Frank Buffo served in the Army and toured When Frank turned 60 years old, he re­tired, in Europe. He and Le­ola had met years and Le­ola re­tired a few years later. be­fore at a wed­ding where they danced “We went on a three-week tour through for the first time. Af­ter a short courtship, Europe. It was com­pletely guided. We Frank and Le­ola were mar­ried in Le­ola’s went to Spain, Eng­land, Morocco and mother’s house in 1947. They even­tu­ally some other cities I can’t even re­mem­ber. built a home on one of the fam­ily lots and We fin­ished in Hawaii. Frank and I loved had one child, LeAnn Buffo. spend­ing time to­gether, and we loved a

Le­ola be­gan work­ing at the pub­lic wel­fare good time,” Le­ola said. Frank and Le­ola depart­ment in Provo. “I used to ride were mar­ried for 67 years. Frank passed the Red Re­fer train from Span­ish Fork to away in 2015. Le­ola has two grand­chil­dren Provo and walk two blocks to work,” Le­ola and five great-grand­chil­dren. She said. Later, she took the Civil Ser­vice lives in Bee­hive Homes of Span­ish Fork. test and did very well, and soon the Bureau “They take care of every­thing here, the of Recla­ma­tion re­cruited her to work in its food is good and al­ways ready, my room Span­ish Fork of­fice. Af­ter sev­eral years, is clean and bed made up. The staff is very they opened a new build­ing in Provo and kind. What more could I want?” Le­ola Le­ola trans­ferred to it. Later, she worked said. Thank you, Le­ola Buffo, for rais­ing for the So­cial Se­cu­rity of­fice in Provo. All such a great kid and be­ing a mem­ber of told, Le­ola spent 30 years work­ing in gov­ern­ment our com­mu­nity. You may visit or con­tact ser­vice. Dur­ing this time, Frank her at Bee­hive Homes, 858 E. 100 South, earned a de­gree at Brigham Young Univer­sity Span­ish Fork, UT 84660.

Le­ola Buffo

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