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Lola “Lavonne” Miller
September 1, 1950- December 15, 2016

Gates - Lavonne was born September 1, 1950 to Ruth and Carl Dale in Springdale, AR. She was the youngest of five siblings. She grew up in Oregon after the family moved from Arkansas in search of work. They lived in the Lakeside area, Westport, West Stayton, Sublimity and Myrtle point. Lavonne graduated from Sublimity grade school and Myrtle Point High school. She married Jim Miller in Coquille on December 22, 1969.

She went to Baltimore, MD with Jim as an army wife and worked in an office. They returned to Coquille where they made their home. They were divorced following his stint in Vietnam. Lavonne managed a pizza restaurant and a 7-11 store. She worked in retail at a variety of places including The Bootery in Coquille and The Emporium in Coos Bay/North Bend. She also enjoyed being an Avon Distributor. She became a care giver for her parents after leaving retail. Lavonne managed their home and medical needs for several years until their deaths in 2001.

Lavonne lived in Lyons for six years then settled in an apartment in Gates where she lived comfortably these last seven years. She was a member of the Coquille and Myrtle Point Assembly of God Churches. Lavonne attended Canyon Baptist Church for a time. She was a member of the Living Water Church of God in Gates. Lavonne was on a bowling team and volunteered with the ambulance and took EMT training. She took driver’s safety and diabetic classes. She was interested in health and nutrition. She enjoyed singing, sewing, making floral arrangements, going to yard sales and playing games. She enjoyed animals, especially her cat Miss Kitty and two German Shepherds, Prince and Printess. Lavonne loved all her family and cooking dinners for everyone at Grandma and Grandpa Dale’s house in Myrtle Point.

She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law Shirley Graves Dale, parents Ruth and Carl Dale, her sister Gloria Dale Stringfield, her niece Shelley Dale Hardan and Lavonne’s oldest brother Carl W. Dale passed away in January of this year. Lavonne is survived by her brother Donald (Bonnie)Dale, her sister Linda (Don) Trahan, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Contributions may be made to Joseph’s storehouse through Mehama Community Church, 11336 Morris St. Mehama, Oregon 97384. Memorial service will be Saturday, April 29 at 2:00pm at Canyon Bible Fellowship in Lyons. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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