Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at The Community of Christ on Clark St. in Cherokee. High Priest David Ettinger will officiaite. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. Visitation will be on Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. It was Lavonne's wishes to be cremated. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
LaVonne was born on July 11, 1926 at Minneapolis, Minnesota to Charles & Andrea (Rasmussen) Tracey. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis in 1944 and then graduated from Graceland College at Lamoni, Iowa in 1946. She was the first secretary of the United Christian Youth Council, the new youth organization of the now World Council of Churches. LaVonne was employed as the secretary in the Group Department of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company until her marriage to Gilbert Nielsen on July 11, 1949 in Cherokee. The couple farmed in Tilden Township south of Cleghorn for many years, retiring and moving to Cherokee in 1988.
LaVonne became a farm housewife, which she enjoyed and in their off time rode motorcycles. In later years she provided a mending service from her home as well as sewing clothing and hats made from the original grain bags. She also enjoyed making quilts for her children and grandchildren.
She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as The Community of Christ where she was an ordained teacher, also pianist, as well as belonged to the Cherokee Villa Auxiliary, the Northwest Chapter of the Sanford Museum Archaeology Society, and the Cherokee Ridgerunners where she demonstrated the art of spinning wool.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gilbert on Aug. 8, 1992, a grandson Jamie Nielsen, two brothers Everett and Donald Tracey.
She is survived by her four children: David Nielsen and his wife Nancy of Quimby; Dan Nielsen and his wife Shirley of Torrance, Calif.; Tom Nielsen and his wife Pam of Cherokee; Nadine Holbert of Rosenberg, Texas; seven grandchildren; Kent (Sophia) Nielsen, Ginger (Frankie) Knight, Wade (Cindy) Nielsen, T.J. Nielsen, Jason Nielsen, Andrea Holbert, Alexandra Holbert; five great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; also many other relatives and friends.