Mary Lavonne Thompson, 79, Carl Junction, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, at Freeman West Hospital after a long illness.
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Lavonne was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Lamine, Missouri, daughter of the late Joe Cramer and Mary Ellis Stephens Cramer. She was a homemaker, and was Vice President of ETCO Specialty Products of Girard, Kansas for many years. She attended Girard United Methodist Church. She moved to the Joplin area six years ago from Prescott, Arizona after living in the Girard and Pittsburg areas most of her adult life.
In addition to her parents, Lavonne was preceded in death by six siblings.
She married Ernest R. Thompson on Feb. 21, 1953, in San Diego, California, he survives. Additional survivors include her children, Ernie Thompson and wife Susan of Parsons, Kansas, Nancy Thompson of Lees Summit, Missouri, Angie Darlington of Girard, Kansas, Mike Thompson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Daniel "Danny" Thompson of Carl Junction, and Jenny Thompson of Pittsburg, Kansas; brother, Sam Cramer of Missouri; two sisters, Wanda Finley of Bishop, California, and Marlene Grissum of Booneville, Missouri; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Lavonne's greatest joy was taking care of her family, especially spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was known for her compassion for others, her sense of humor, and her desire to help others. Her interests included time with friends, bird watching, golf, hiking, reading, and traveling. After retiring, Lavonne and Ernie enjoyed traveling around Arizona as well as going on cruises to Greece, Hawaii, and South America.
Memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in Girard United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the ALS Society, Audubon Society, or Freeman Palliative Care Unit, Joplin.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Aug. 11 to Aug. 18, 2011