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Mary Lavon Mitchell

10/21/1927 - 05/11/2016
Service Date: 05/25/2016
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

LaVon Mitchell passed away peacefully in her sleep, May 11, 2016, at the age of 88. She was born in rural Franklin County, IA; near the town of Thornton.  She is survived by her two sisters, Lois Smith of Memphis, MO, Lucille Campbell of Des Moines, IA,  sister in law, Felicia DeWitt of Tucson, AZ,  and LaVon’s twins, Ralph Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ and Phyllis Kesterson of Mesa, AZ.  LaVon’s parents moved the family to Missouri, where LaVon graduated from Loe Elementary School in Western Scotland County, Missouri.  During high school years, LaVon played the drum in the marching band and was a clerk at the Ben Franklin Store in Memphis after class.  Due to the distance between the farm she grew up on and town, she would stay in town during the week and come home on the weekends while going to high school. She graduated from Memphis (MO) High School with the class of 1946.  Her first love was reading. Her second was Gordon Mitchell, whom she married at the age of 19 at the Naval Station in Corpus Christi, Texas April 5, 1947.  LaVon worked various accounting jobs and worked her way up the ladder to bookkeeper in charge of an accounting department for a property management company in Santa Ana, CA.   After retiring, Gordon and LaVon moved to Arizona and traveled around the country in their RV visiting local attractions in various states which they both thoroughly enjoyed.  LaVon also loved to talk and tell jokes to make people laugh.  The family would like to thank Copper Heights Assisted Living and Aviant Hospice for taking care of her.  A memorial service will be held at the Bunker’s University Chapel in Mesa, AZ at 11:00 AM on May 25, 2016.


  • Betty Vierling

    Sympathies to Phyllis and Ralph from LaVon’s cousin. I am Emagene Walker’s daughter. My mother, Emagene, was a sister to your grandmother, Irene Campbell. My brother, Charles, and I are your mother’s only living cousins on the McCune side of the family. I am often in contact with Lois as I go back to Memphis to see my father, Mike Walker. What I remember most about your mother is her voice and her laugh. I think the last time I saw your parents and you was probably in the early 1960’s or late 1950’s.

  • I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family. The Bible holds out a promise for all mankind at 1Cor. 15:26 that “the last enemy death will be brought to nothing.” We are assured of this at Revelation 21:3,4 which Jehovah God promises that “he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning, nor outcry be anymore. The former things have passed away.

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