Lavon Clark

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lavon Clark, 71, of Nevada, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, at Christian Health Care, in Nevada, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1936, in Southwest City, Mo., to James Paul Gann and Essie Oleta Morton Gann. She married Willis Clark, on June 7, 1957, in Carl Junction, Mo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2008.

Lavon graduated from high school in 1954 and entered nurses' training at St. John's Hospital, in Joplin. She graduated in 1957 and worked as a registered nurse, retiring in 1992, from the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She was active in various nursing activities both local and state for several years. Lavon was a caring nurse and administrator and always put the care and welfare of her patients above all else. She was also an avid antiques trader. She joined the First Baptist Church, at the age of 15, in Southwest City, Mo.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Clark, of Nevada, and Jim Clark and his wife, Molly, of Nevada; one grandson Luke Clark, of Nevada; two sisters, Velma Wescoat, of Nevada, and Mary Saltz, of Grove, Okla.; two sister-in-laws, Lucy Smith, of Southwest, Mo., and Frances Gould, of Fairview, Okla.; Richard Hemphill, of Moundville and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Newton Burial Park, with John Nichols and Dr. William Cox officiating. Friends may call now and until 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at Ferry Funeral Home, and the family receives friends from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Moss House, in Nevada, in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

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