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Lavonne Clark

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Lavonne Clark, 91, of Manilla, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Manning Senior Living in Manning, Iowa.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 29, at United Church of Manilla, Manilla, Iowa, with the Rev. Joel Sutton officiating.

Honorary casket bearers will be Jim and Cathy Clark, James and Linda Rushing, Jon and Deb Duvall, Brad and Val Duvall, Jay and Lynna Miller, Mel and Donna Clothier, and Dick and Debbie Shinn.

Casket bearers will be Sean Clark, Sonny Clark, Haley Clark, Brianna Clark, Kendra Clark, Madison Clark, Noah Clark, Summer Clark and Mason Clark. Interment will be at Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3 until 6 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla. Those in attendance are asked to abide by COVID-19 guidelines, and face masks are required.

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Laura Lavonne, daughter of Finley and Dorothy (Lewis) Shinn, was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska. Her early years were spent at Woodbine, Iowa, and she graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1947. In 1953, Lavonne graduated from the Division of Home Economics at Iowa State College in Ames.

On Dec. 31, 1952, Lavonne married Dick Clark in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Three sons were born to this union. Upon Dick’s return from the service, the couple farmed near Botna. From 1968 to 1992, Lavonne worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the handicapped.

Lavonne was a member of United Church of Manilla, Jefferson Community Club, American Association of University Women and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed birds, flowers, collecting recipes, playing piano, visiting relatives, and antiques, especially the “Antiques Roadshow.” Lavonne’s most enjoyable times were spent at the Family Farm Event Center when family and friends could gather.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dick Clark; a sister, Marilyn (Otto) Jahn; and two brothers-in-law, Lynn Clark and Jon Duvall.

Lavonne is survived by her sons: Dick Clark and wife Angel of Creston, Dan Clark of Manilla, and Joe Clark and wife Nancy of La Crosse, Wisconsin; grandchildren: Sean Clark and wife Robin, Sonny Clark and wife Angel, Haley Clark and fiancé Ethan Behrens, Brianna Clark and fiancé Magdaleno Thomas, and Kendra Clark; great-grandchildren Madison, Noah, Summer and Mason; step-great-grandchildren Jackson and Rylie; a sister, Marge Zahrobsky of Fort Dodge; a brother, Dick Shinn of Erie, Colorado; and two sisters-in-law, Sue Ann Duvall of Des Moines and Laveda Clark of West Monroe, Lousiana.

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