Lavohn Smith

Lavohn Smith, 92, of Albert City died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at Pleasant View Home in Albert City. 

Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 7, at Laurens Cemetery in Laurens. Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements. 

Ardis Lavohn Smith, the daughter of John and Bernice Francis Irene (Oleson) Ryon, was born on Jan. 16, 1926 near Laurens. Her childhood years were spent on the farm near Laurens where she received her education, graduating from Laurens High School in 1943. After graduation, she was employed at the Laurens Dime Store and then as a bookkeeper for Ferguson Farm Supply in Laurens. 

Lavohn married Duane Smith in Dakota City, Neb. on Sept. 18, 1945. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm northwest of Marathon and soon after moved to Laurens where they farmed until 1967 when they moved to a farm northwest of Albert City. To this union three sons and one daughter were born. Lavohn worked side by side with her husband in all aspects of the farm operation until her boys were old enough to help. 

Lavohn was one never to sit idle. She was active in many clubs including the West Friendly Circle Club, Square Dance Club, AC Threshermans Association and others. She enjoyed farm life, flower gardening, shopping, reading, cheering on the Hawkeyes basketball games, watching Dancing with the Stars, working on crossword puzzles and was always ready for a good game of Scrabble or Upwords. Her love of country music and dancing always found her and Duane every weekend out on a dance floor somewhere in the area.

With declining health, she moved into Pleasant View Nursing Home in 2012. There she made many new friends and enjoyed the many activities, especially Bingo. More than anything Lavohn treasured spending time with her family, especially the visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory are her sons: Don of New Prague, Minn.; Dennis (Donna) of Rembrandt; daughter, Darlys Blomberg of Springfield, Va.; her daughter-in-law, Kellie of Marathon; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Darlow) Fuchs of Parker, Colo.; plus, extended family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Duane; her son, Randy; sisters: twins, Mavis and Avis Ryon, who died in infancy; and Marjorie Jones; grandsons, Kyle and Kevin Blomberg; brothers-in-law: Gene Jonas, Alan Smith and Meryl Smith; sisters-in-law, Norma Reardon and Colleen Smith.