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Lavonne Shea

1922 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Lavonne Shea Obituary

ASHEVILLE - Following a grand celebration of her 90th birthday on July 3, Lavonne Gran Shea completed her earthly journey on the evening of Friday, July 6, 2012 in Asheville, North Carolina succumbing to congestive heart failure. She began her journey on July 3, 1922 in Yankton, S. D. as the sixth child of Anna Marie Johnson and Martin K. Gran. Her parents and all siblings (Meredith ("Swede"), Connie, Gordon, baby Forrest, Grace and James Robert) preceded her in death. Her son, Sean, unexpectedly passed away on Mother's Day 2012; a devastating loss to her and the family. She is survived by her daughter, Eileen Shea; daughter-in-law, Kelly Shea; sister-in-law, Nancy Gran; nephew, Jim and his wife, Mary Margaret, and their children, Betsy, Matt, Ben, Luke, John, and families; nephews, Bill and David Gran; and nephew, Martin Gran, his daughter, Kaia Gran, his wife, Eve Vanderschmidt, and ex-wife, Rebekah Snodgrass. She is also survived by a large and diverse extended family of friends and colleagues across the country that greatly enriched her life.

Lavonne's life was full and varied including: working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. during World War II and later briefly in Chicago, Ill.; serving as an administrative assistant in San Francisco, Calif. (the city she dearly loved); and a long and rewarding career in early childhood education at the Washington, DC Department of Recreation. Following her retirement from the DC Department of Recreation, she remained in Alexandria, Va. for many years before joining her daughter Eileen in Honolulu, Hawaii in fall 1999. In 2009, Lavonne and Eileen moved to Asheville, N.C. where they lived happily until her death.

She was a strong woman with a wonderful sense of humor, an unwavering sense of responsibility for others and a deep gratitude for the laughter and love she received and gave over the years. She asked that folks "celebrate my life with chatter, chocolate, good food, good drink and happy songs!" In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Care Partners Hospice in Asheville, N.C.; the American Red Cross; or a .

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 10, 2012
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