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Obituary for LaVonne Brown
LaVonne Brown Mapleton, Iowa - Ina LaVonne (Query) Brown passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, Iowa. The funeral service will be Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska. with Pastor Daryl Kats, officiating. Burial will be in the Hendley Cemetery at Hendley, Nebraska. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Ina LaVonne Query Brown, daughter of Claude and Gertrude (Dillon) Query, was born July 13, 1916, in a sod house on a farm south of Hendley, Nebraska. She received her schooling in the same country school that her mother attended. She graduated from high school in 1933. At the tender age of 13, LaVonne gave her heart to Jesus, was baptized, joined the Methodist Church, and has been a faithful member for well over 80 years. In 1934, while working at the Bakery in Beaver City, Nebraska, she was called home because of the death of her beloved mother. She helped her dad care for two younger brothers and two little sisters ages five and seven for over four and a half years. There was also one older sister in her family. In July 1939, LaVonne was united in marriage to Roland Brown of Wilsonville, Nebraska. They made their first home for one and a half years in Wilsonville. In mid November, 1940, they moved to Orleans, Nebraska where Roland was Superintendent of Schools for seven years. It was here that their two sons were born, Tommy Lee and Lonnie Dean. In 1947, the family moved to North Bend, Nebraska where Roland was Superintendent of Schools. It was at North Bend that a great tragedy occurred in the family. Tommy was killed in a car train accident. He was a senior in high school and would have graduated in the spring of 1959. In the summer of 1959, they moved to Mapleton, Iowa where Roland served as Superintendent of Schools for 21 years. LaVonne made Mapleton her home for the rest of her life. Roland passed away September 24, 2001 at the age 86 and Lavonne passed away February 1, 2015 at the age 98. She is survived by her son, Lonnie and daughter-in-law, Beverly, of Decorah, Iowa; two grandchildren, Jennifer Haas of Frisco, Texas and Jason Brown of Chesapeake, Virginia and their spouses; three great grandchildren; and one sister, Wanda Bingham of Logan, Utah. Along with her son, Tommy and husband, Roland, LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; Claude and Gertrude Query; two brothers, Edward Query and Berner Query; and two sisters, Barbara Wonert and Bernice Morse. Memorials may be directed to St. John's United Methodist Church, 212 South 7th Street, Mapleton, Iowa in LaVonne's honor.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Wenburg Funeral Home
709 9th Street
Beaver City, NE 68926