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Elizabeth J. Voelz-Lavers Obituary
On the beautiful morning of May 22, 2010, the matriarch of the Voelz Clan, Elizabeth J. Voelz/Lavers, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 23, 1922, in Grayville, Illinois to Don and Mary Bodishbaugh. Her early days were spent in Evansville, Indiana where she met and married Frank H. Voelz. They eventually moved to Pasadena, California so Frank could start his residency at Cedar Sinai Hospital. After completing his residency, they moved to Exeter, California where they settled, raised a family and lived a wonderful idyllic country life filled with animals, children, grandchildren and friends. In Exeter her many contributions included owning a fabric business, The Needle's Eye, and later a boutique, The Get Up. She was involved in the Exeter Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce for many years. One of her accomplishments that stand to this day is the Crepe Myrtle trees that line the main street of Exeter. She was named Exeter's Woman of the Year in 1970 in recognition of her philanthropic endeavors and her concern for helping others. She always considered Exeter her home and its residents her extended family. The accomplishment of which she was most proud and excited were her kids and grandkids that kept her active, involved and interesting. She also loved architecture, art and watching the Lakers with her granddaughter Tootie and husband Jimmy DaSilva. Betty out lived her first husband, Dr. Frank Voelz; her second husband, Dr. George Lavers; and her daughter, Rebecca Voelz. She leaves her sons, Dan Voelz and wife Kim; Blair Voelz and wife Jan; daughter Jane Foisy and husband Michael; her grand-daughter and grandson Tootie DaSilva and Jimmy Kirkman, to whom she was especially close; as well as nine other grandchildren, Alicia Wilkins, Kina Voelz, Eli Voez, Eric Broden, Jake Voelz, Frank Voelz, Mia Voelz, Ben Voelz, and Thomas Voelz. She also leaves two great granddaughters, Ashley and Ava Wilkins. She now continues to live in all of us. Her poise, patience and forgiving nature are part of the legacy she has left within us, and will help guide us through the rest of our lives. She will be especially missed. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be submitted to the Mineral King Preservation Society: PO Box 286, Exeter, CA 93221. By her request, there will be no services.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta on June 8, 2010
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