LaVon Smith Behrens

LaVon Smith Behrens, 92, of Idaho Falls, formerly of Rigby, passed away Thursday April 4, 2013, at her home.

She was born July 4, 1920, in Arimo, Idaho, to Wells Beck and Lydia Jane Roundy Beck. She was raised and attended schools in Rigby.

On April 30, 1938, she married Earl Melbourne Smith in Logan, Utah; he preceded her in death. Years later, she married Vernon Behrens. She worked at Jack's Chicken Inn in Idaho Falls, for Roseanna Women's Clothing Shop, and S & H Green Stamps Store. She also owned and operated The Trading Post in Bliss, Idaho, with her husband, Vernon.

LaVon was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Idaho Falls Carpenter's Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking, growing roses, collecting antiques and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Fairbanks Wilde, of Ogden, Utah and Jane Blasius (Keith) Skaar of Idaho Falls; sons, Richard (Pat) Smith of Tullahoma, Tenn., and Jim Farris (Diana) Smith of Idaho Falls; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl M. Smith; husband, Vernon Behrens; a son, Ronald E. Smith; five brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rigby Pioneer Cemetery. The Behrens family will appreciate contributions to Hospice of Eastern Idaho, 810 Moran, Idaho Falls, ID 83401.

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Published in Post Register on Apr. 7, 2013