Funeral services were held on Monday, March 21 at First Baptist Church in Storm Lake. Interment followed at Elk Township Cemetery in rural Alta.
LaVonne J. "Minnie" Browning was born Jan. 3, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah the daughter of James and Ida (Bottini) Browning. In 1957, she was baptized at Elk Baptist Church in Alta.
Growing up, LaVonne attended grade school and later graduated from Sparks High School in Sparks, Nev. in 1948. Following high school graduation, LaVonne furthered her education at the University of Nevada where she graduated in 1952 with a degree in Education. She taught elementary school in Nevada, Aurelia, Alta, and Rembrandt, Iowa until she retired in 1975.
While teaching elementary school at Orvis Ring School in Reno, Nev. in 1953, she met Dean who was stationed at Stead Air Force Base with the United States Air Force. They were united in marriage on April 12, 1955 in Jackson, Minn., and returned to the family farm north of Alta. Together, they were blessed with three sons: Dan, Tim, and Jeff. They retired from farming after 44 years in 1998 and moved to Storm Lake.
LaVonne enjoyed decorating her home, teaching children, gardening, and cooking. She loved dogs, especially her dog, Mollie. LaVonne treasured her family; especially hosting family gatherings at the lake house. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Dean of Storm Lake; children: Dan (Deb) Anderson of Carrizozo, N.M.; Tim (JoDee) Anderson of Alta; Jeff (Barb) Anderson of Warsaw, Ind.; grandchildren: Brian (Megan) Anderson of Geneseo, Ill.; Marcus (Katie) Anderson of West Des Moines; Ryne Anderson of Austin, Tex.; Evan Anderson of Minneapolis, Minn.; niece, Tina Lillard of Sparks, Nev.; nephews: Bruce and Brent Browning of Reno, Nev.; extended family and friends.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Browning; and sister, Colleen Lillard.