LaVonne Maye Cassidy, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 6 to join her savior Jesus Christ.
LaVonne was born the youngest of six children in Pierre, S.D., to Elmer and Caroline Cleveland on Oct. 11, 1944. She was raised in Presho, S.D., and attended school there, enjoying the many adventures of growing up on a farm with her five siblings. She went on to obtain a business degree in Rapid City, S.D., where she met her soul mate and husband, Everett Cassidy. They were wed on Sept. 10, 1963. The couple was blessed with two children, Tim and Eric Cassidy.
During their marriage, they moved about the area with stops in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming and Colorado, eventually finding their home in Kemmerer.
LaVonne was instrumental in many business ventures in the area and owned and operated the Energy Inn Motel in Diamondville for 30 years. She was a Kemmerer city councilperson for several years and was also active in the community and at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. After Everett passed away, she began to travel to Fort Meyers, Fla., for a few months every year, where she had many friends. One of the fondest memories of her grandchildren was when they spent a week in Florida with “Nana” over spring break.
She had many hobbies, including quilting, sewing, walking and participating in many family activities. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her well, especially her grandchildren, who will not be able to ask for “non-parental” advice now that she is gone.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Caroline Cleveland; brothers Gilbert and Jerry Cleveland; and husband Everett Cassidy. She is survived by her brother, Laurence Cleveland, Kennewick, Wash.; sisters Carol (Paul) Larsen, Yuma, Ariz., and Mildred Jenks, Atlanta, Ga.; sons Tim (Melissa) Cassidy, Kemmerer, and Eric (Sonja) Cassidy, Twin Falls, Idaho; as well as grandchildren Morgan, Connor, Fallon, Quinlan and Audrey.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Patrick’s Church in Kemmerer at 10 a.m., with a Rosary service on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. Donations can be made to St. Patrick‘s Catholic Church.