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Linda Lavaux

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WASHINGTON - Linda Gail Lavaux of Washington died at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

The world lost the most beautiful, caring, devoted, faith-filled and loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and woman we will ever get the pleasure of knowing when she went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Born on Sept. 14, 1955, in Peoria, Ill., to Howard and Marjorie Wettstein Nelson, she married Rick L. Lavaux on Feb. 13, 1987, in Peoria, Ill. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Marjorie Glover of Washington, Ill.; two daughters, Carey (Max) Boelter of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Whitney Lavaux of Los Angeles, Calif.; one granddaughter, Chloe Boelter; one brother, Curtis (Cathy) Nelson of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three sisters, Catherine (Tim) Toth of Warrenville, Ill., Candice Glover of Oak Park, Ill., and Cindy Boyd of Stuart, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Abby.

She was preceded in death by her father; her stepfather, David Glover; and her son, Branden.

Linda worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for more than 30 years, retiring on Feb. 1, 2010, as the project manager for HR Systems.

She was an active and devoted member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington.

Linda was a Bradley University alumni and devoted Braves fan, Chicago Cubs fan and WCHS Panther fan. Linda's desire is for everyone to wear their favorite Braves red, Cubbie blue or Panther orange and black to her services.

A celebration of life for Linda will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington. Pastor Tom Goodell will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Cremation rites will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church or to the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation.

Linda's family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support, especially Illinois Cancer Care and 1700 Forest Park Building at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Linda's memorial website is available at, where condolences may also be sent to the family.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 29, 2012