LaVonne L. Morgan


Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2006


  LaVonne L. Morgan

LaVonne L. Morgan

Longtime Alaskan LaVonne L. Morgan died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 86.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 21, at Heritage Place.

Mrs. Morgan was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Mitchell, S.D., to Andrew and Fern Jensen, the oldest of three, including brothers, Lee and Nels.

In 1946, she married Ralph Morgan in Yuma, Ariz., and shortly thereafter, they moved to Anchorage. She worked for Bagoy’s Florist, while her husband worked on military bases in the late 1940s to early 1950s. They owned houses in Muldoon and Abbot Loop Road areas.

In 1951, they homesteaded on Robinson Loop Road in Sterling, living next to the Coursens, Robinsons and Hansons. Their son, Stephen, was born in 1953, after making an eight-hour trip to Anchorage. She helped operate the Big Lake Lodge with Russ and Edna Randall in the 1950s, making a total of 17 trips over the Alaska Highway through the years.

The couple sold their homestead and retired to Lincoln, Mo., in 1971. After her husband’s death in the fall of 1983, she moved back to Alaska to be near her family, including three grandchildren.

“She enjoyed being around her family and friends and was active in the Kenai and Soldotna senior citizen centers. She loved to dance and was always in a good mood, displaying a kind disposition and willingness to help others,” her family said.

“LaVonne lived a homesteader’s life, processing and eating a lot of fish, clams and moose meat, along with homemade jams and jellies. Having lived through the Great Depression, she learned to make do with what she had. The last several years were spent at Heritage Place, after previously suffering a stroke. Nurses and staff expressed appreciation for how kind and sweet she was, even with the health issues she was dealing with. Mom and Grandma will be greatly missed, but we look forward to the future resurrection, of which, she will be a part.”

Mrs. Morgan is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Cynthia Morgan of Soldotna; grandsons, Michael Morgan and his wife, Sarah, and Wesley Morgan, all of Soldotna; granddaughter, Kimberly Hass and her husband, Curtis of Soldotna; great-grandson, Jacob Morgan of Soldotna; and extended Alaska family, Donna (Naff) Warner, MaryAnn (Naff) Moracco and Madrona Lindgren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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