LaVonne (Vonnie) was born on May 7, 1938 to Abraham and Mary Evenstad Nelson in Bottineau, ND. She died on August 30, 2014 after a long "struggle" with rheumatic heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
She graduated from Dakota Lutheran Academy, Minot, ND, in 1957 and then moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she worked for five years at Augsburg Publishing. In 1962, LaVonne moved to Seattle, WA where she worked for almost 30 years in the banking system - Rainier Bank, later Bank of America. On disability retirement since 1991, she has made her home in Brier, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Alma Tonneson Nelson; sister, Lauretta Mundy.
LaVonne is survived by her husband of 37 years, Del Shelton, Bothell, WA; step-daughter, Lisa Burd; grandchildren - Scott Powell, Amber Wintermute, Davyd Powell, and Zoe Powell; Sisters - Evelyn Kriz, Denver, CO; Ramona (Neil) Hultman, Sturgis, SD; EdnaMae (Harvey) Olufson-Smith, Edmonds, WA, and brother Carlyle Nelson, Bottineau, ND; several nieces and nephews.
LaVonne's body has been accepted by the University of Washington Medical Center for research which was her wish. A memorial service to celebrate LaVonne's life will be held at 11am, Saturday, Sept. 6 at Refuge Church, 2609 Larch Way, Lynnwood. Memorials are suggested for Foss Home VILLAGE. Thank you to the super staff there for the past 21/2 years and also the terrific night staff at Swedish/Edmonds at the time of her death.
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Published by The Seattle Times from Sep. 2 to Sep. 3, 2014.