LAVON McMATH BROWN
Lavon Brown, daughter of Leland and Edna (Hartman) McMath, was born July 11, 1922 at Clearfield, Iowa. Lavon lived her entire life at Clearfield and graduated from Clearfield high school. Following graduation, Lavon taught country school in Ringgold and Taylor counties.
In 1945 Lavon married Paul C. Brown and lived on a farm until 1989 when they moved into Clearfield. Two children were born, Terry Lee and Anna Eileen. Lavon belonged to the United Presbyterian Church and while there she was ordained an elder, which was a great highlight for her. When the United Presbyterian Church closed, she and her family joined the United Methodist Church. She belonged to the U.M.W. and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was active in both organizations until her health failed. Lavon was a loving and caring mother and she enjoyed cooking for family or anyone else who might come along.
Lavon became a resident of Clearview Home in Clearfield and it was there that she passed away on January 13, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul on December 21, 2002; brother Dwight McMath and his wife Helen, and brothers-in-law Dale Schlapia and Dale Brown and his wife, Thelma Brown.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Terry (Nancy) Brown of Jefferson, Iowa and Anna Eileen (Brad) Varner of Oak Grove, Missouri; seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, Brandon (Angela) Brown and children Jacob and McKenna, Dominic (Amanda) Brown and children Alivia, Ella and Wilson, Tristan (Jenni) Brown and children Mara and Becca, Rhett Brown, Tiffany (Todd) Blansit and children Jackson, Abigail, Brooklyn and Caiti, Leah (Nate) Parks and children Elayna, Brady and Paul, Gabriel (Katie) Hancock and child Tahlula; stepgranddaughter, Bobbi Jo; brother, Bob (Shirley) McMath of Lenox, Iowa; sister, Maralyn Schlapia of Mount Ayr, Iowa; nieces; nephews; cousins;, other relatives, and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, with Rev. Shurmaine McAlpine and Pastor Todd Blansit officiating. Musicians were Patty Parrish and Chantelle Jennett.
Casket bearers included Brandon Brown, Dominic Brown, Tristan Brown, Rhett Brown, Gabriel Hancock and Jackson Blansit.
Burial was in the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield.