Funeral services for J. LaVaughn Miller, 84, Lawrence, KS will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. She died on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March 28, 1925 in Andover, Illinois, the daughter of Arnold and Irene Hultgren Fair. She lived for many years with her husband and family in Moline, IL. She moved to Lawrence in the fall of 2005.
Mrs. Miller formerly worked in the City Clerk’s Office in Moline, IL. Prior to that, she had worked for Montgomery Elevator Company in Moline.
She was a member of the Bethel Methodist Church in Moline. She had also formerly attended two years of Business College.
She was married to Vernon J. Miller on October 10, 1948 in Andover, IL. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2008.
Survivors include two sons; Tom and wife, Terri Olson Miller, of Seattle, WA, Jim Miller and wife, Martha Tucci, of Lawrence, a brother, John Fair, of Racine, WI, a sister, Lorraine Sanford, of Bella Vista, AR, and seven grandchildren (Andy, Charlie, Jackie, Emily, Grant, Lucca & Michelle).
The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time, the day of the service.
The family suggests memorials in her name to the Bethel Methodist Church in Moline or to Save the Children and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Our condolences to your family on the loss of your mother/grandmother. I remember her having a bridal shower at her house for me in 1967. She and your dad/grandfather belonged to a card club with my dad for many years in the Quad Cities. She was always a very bright and cheerful woman! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.
Ray is a grandson of Marie Seaholm FAIR. Ray remembers LaVaughn and John Fair very well. We live in WI. and just saw that John lives here, too.
Denny Brodd sent the note out to all the relatives.
Our sympathy to you all.
we will be living in Tacoma soon where our son and family live.
My beautiful aunt was always a lady with impeccable charm. I grew up in awe of her lady like charm, her wisdom and talent as a cook.
I always loved coming to her home for family dinners and sharing time with her in her kitchen. She taught me how to prepare meals so that everything was hot at one time.
When I was very young I remember her coming home from work dressed in suits and high heals. As I entered the business world myself, I tried to emulate her stile.
There is a saying: “where there is a will there is a way.” In there home in Moline Aunt LaVaughn has a small kitchen. Back then, she had the dream of installing a dishwasher. Uncle Vernon gave in saying: “LaVaughn if you can find a dishwasher small enough to fit into this cabinet area I will put it in.”
It was no surprise that my aunt and her will found that dishwasher and my uncle had to work to install it. Mind you she succeeded in finding the dishwasher before the internet and computers.
Tom and Jim, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing.I wish I could be there with you. 18th Ave Ct. just isn’t the same without your parents. When I go home to visit mom and dad I still look in the kitchen window in hopes of seeing “Mr.& Mrs. Mo”.
Our thoughs and prayers go out to both of you and your families.
Tom and Jim, Our hearts go out to you and your families at the loss of your mom. We have many wonderful memories and cherish the opportunity we had to know such a warm and charming person.