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LaVonne M. Reed

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lavonne Reed
LaVonne M. Reed, 86, of Norfolk, Neb., a former long - time Cherokee resident, passed away Friday afternoon, April 25, 2008, in the Edgewood Vista in Norfolk.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 29th, at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee. with Pastor Tom Lewis and Pastor Gregg Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.

LaVonne was born Nov. 19, 1921 at Perry, to Walter and Bertha (Snyder) Lindley. She was raised on a farm in Webb, Iowa (Clay County) where she learned to love nature. She attended schools at Webb, Iowa and graduated from Garfield High School in 1939. She was married to Darrell Reed on Dec. 20, 1943 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

She began writing poetry at an early age and continued almost until death. In 1993 she began writing a weekly column "Grin and Share It" for the Cherokee Chronicle. In 1996, her writings were collected in a published work called "Brain Children from the Heart." As an amateur musician, LaVonne shared her talents at nursing homes all over Northwest Iowa as she played the old songs and hymns in programs she called "Remembering with Reed."

Once her own children were grown, she truly enjoyed being grandma to her own family, as well as just about every child in Cherokee. As wife, mother, grandmother, musician, poet, entertainer, Hawkeye fan, and just LaVonne, she did everything with love.

She will truly be missed. The couple had lived in Cherokee since 1945, moving to Norfolk 2 years ago to be closer to their family. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, where she taught Sunday School and was an arts and crafts teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Darrell, now of Norfolk, Neb.; her daughter, Sherrill Glandt and her husband Larry of Norfolk, Neb.; her son, Shannon Reed and his wife Lou Ann of Calabasas, Calif.; two grandchildren, Teena Andersen and her husband Rod of Pilger, Neb. and Darren Glandt and his wife Lisa of Omaha, Neb.,and two great-grandchildren, Hayley and Alyssa Andersen of Pilger, Neb.