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Lavon L. Johnson

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Verdigre — Lavon LuRae Johnson, 94, of Verdigre, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Visitation was held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at the United Methodist Church in Verdigre.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at the church in Verdigre. Rev. Janet Burgel officiated.

Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Ashburn Funeral Home in Plainview was in charge of the arrangements.

Lavon was born to Alwalt and Myrtle (Bowden) Spangler on Jan. 27th, 1929. She was raised on a farm with her seven brothers and sisters in Star, located between Verdigre and O'Neill. 

Lavon graduated from O'Neill High School in 1944. After graduation she went on to teach at a country school.  

In April of 1946, Marvin Wayne Johnson asked Lavon on a date to a dance. They danced their way to the Presbyterian Church in O'Neill on June 4th, 1947 where they exchanged their marriage vows.  They made their home west of Verdigre, where they started their family. To this union three children were born Darvin, Dawn and Darla. 

Lavon took pride in all that she did. Her flowers were impeccable, her stitchwork was immaculate, her outfits were exquisite, her dancing was flawless and her love was immense. Everyone she met, she made feel special. Lavon enjoyed coloring, writing poetry, crocheting and telling jokes and stories. Her family was her greatest achievement, and she loved to brag about them.  

If you have ever received a handmade gift from Lavon, I hope you can feel the “love stitched in” (as she had written in one of her many poems).  To her family, she was their Angel on Earth and now she is their Angel in Heaven.

Lavon is survived by her three children Darvin (Carol) Johnson of Lincoln, Dawn (Warren) Montgomery of Orchard and Darla (Roger)Hauf of Clearwater; eight grandchildren Del (Kristi) Johnson, Travis (Lisa) Montgomery, Devin (Carrie Kucera) Johnson, Trent (Cindy) Montgomery, Aimee (Jeremiah) Bartak, Desirae (Nate) Schwager, Ashley (Travis) Shaffer, Aaron (Kaylee) Hauf and Trista Ashman (Rick Stava); 24 great-grandchildren with one on the way Justin, Morgan, Kylie and Bryce Johnson, Collin, Connor and Ryann Montgomery, Jaylin Johnson, Trever, Payton and Harper Montgomery, Bree Bartak, Mason, Braxton, Treyson and Gracelynn Schwager, Ramzee Hauf, Brantlee and Brycen Shaffer, Trentin and Jadin Ostrand and Madison and Ella Ashman; along with many relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Awalt and Myrtle Spangler, her husband Marvin Johnson, seven brothers and sisters and one step-granddaughter Traci Snyder.    


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