Lavonne DeBoer was born on June 7th, 1945, to Donald and Gertrude
(VanderSteen) DeBoer in Corsica, South Dakota. She was the third born of
four children. Lavonne grew up in the Corsica area and graduated from
Corsica High School.
She then went on to Southern State College in
Springfield, SD for education/teaching. After receiving her Bachelor’s,
she went on to Michigan State University in Lansing, MI, for her
Master’s in Education and Special Reading. Lavonne devoted her life’s
work to teaching special needs children and elementary school. She once
said that she taught a little boy to read by setting a book on a podium
and letting him walk around it in circles, reading from the book. She
loved children and even spent countless hours tutoring children and
building up Children’s Worship programs in church. Lavonne spent most of
her teaching career in Florida at the Bradenton Christian School.
In 2016, Lavonne moved back to Corsica, SD. She spent her time
tutoring, doing volunteer work at the Dakota Christian School, reading
to kids in the library for the Children’s Story Hour, being active in
Priscilla Club, and being active in the Harrison Community Church doing
Children’s Worship and singing in the choir. She enjoyed sewing,
quilting, reading, visiting with others, and walks around the
Lavonne was passionate about teaching others of the love of Jesus and
God, and she would share about her love for them as well. She had the
brightest heart for children and loved spending time with them.
Lavonne would sit right on the floor with them and play or tell Bible
stories. She would laugh at all the funny things that they would say and
be genuinely interested in their stories. After they were done with
their long tales, she would laugh and clap her hands with such joy!!
Lavonne passed away on August 3, 2023, at Edgewood Memory Care in
Mitchell, SD, at the age of 78 years.
Grateful for sharing in her life are her niece and nephews, Richard
(Leena) Windmiller, Rachel (Mike) Brandt, Calvin (Angela) DeBoer, Chuck
(Ayrica) DeBoer, Jeff (Mary) DeBoer, sister-in-law Sharon DeBoer, and
many great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents-Donald and Gertrude, her
siblings-James D. DeBoer, Dorothy DeBoer, and Mary (DeBoer) Windmiller.