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Mae LaVonne Thompson was born on May 19, 1930, in Woodbine, Iowa to Glenn and Helen (Roundy) Boustead. LaVonne attended school in Woodbine, graduating in 1948, and worked in Omaha for two years afterward. She married Glenn Thompson at the Woodbine United Methodist Church on September 3, 1950, and they were blessed with two children, Glenna and Bob. LaVonne cherished her work on the farm and as a mother, enjoying raising animals alongside her husband. She also worked at McKinney Seeds for Hawkeye Hybrids in Woodbine, a cook at both Lazy H Ranch and Woodbine School and part-time at Terradyne.
Most known for her willingness to lend a helping hand within her community, LaVonne was involved in various organizations: East Side Social Club, United Methodist Women's group, Morning Circle, American Legion Auxiliary (Local, County and District), Woodbine Saddle Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). For the popular annual city festival, Apple Fest, LaVonne served on the organizing committee and coordinated baking contests for several years. For 25 years, she volunteered with the Red Cross, organizing its local “bloodmobiles”; her commitment to this cause undoubtedly had a lasting impact on the lives of many. LaVonne and Glenn were lifelong members and pillars of the Woodbine United Methodist Church, and she was instrumental in helping organize many church events and fundraisers. Inspiring those around her, LaVonne displayed incredible compassion as a hospice volunteer for many years. She dedicated countless hours providing comfort and support to those in need during their final moments. A two-time breast cancer survivor, LaVonne counseled fellow women with breast cancer, making phone calls and writing them letters of encouragement. LaVonne had an undeniable zest for life and enjoyed fishing, attending rodeos, county and state fairs and watching her favorite sport, football. Nothing brought her more happiness than attending the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Their accomplishments meant the world to her, and she had an impeccable memory of each child’s birthday and anniversary.
LaVonne died on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at her home outside of Woodbine at the age of 93 years, two months and 10 days.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn on May 10, 2023; and brother, Richard Boustead. She is survived by her daughter, Glenna and her husband Allen Plath of Pisgah; son, Bob Thompson and his wife, Lorie, of Woodbine; six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
MEMORIAL DONATIONS MAY BE MADE IN LAVONNE'S MEMORY TO THE WOODBINE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OR THE WOODBINE SADDLE CLUB.