Mary Lavonne Morgan

  • Born: April 30, 1930
  • Died: April 26, 2016
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

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Mary Lavonne Morgan, age 85 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida.

Lavonne was born on April 30, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Henrietta (McDermott) McDonnell. She married Donald Gene Morgan on October 17, 1953 in Sterling. Lavonne had managed and cared for the McDonnell Farms, was an Avon sales representative and also worked for the US Census. In the past, she was a referee for women's volleyball and basketball. When others needed information they come to Lavonne who was the town historian and an expert on multiple family trees. Lavonne bowled on the state team and went to Nationals in Denver, CO. She loved golfing, playing cards, reading, gardening, sending out homemade cards and doing crossword puzzles. She was a wonderful seamstress and cook and was always very handy around the house. Lavonne loved traveling to her Florida home in The Villages and over the years she helped numerous friends from Sterling find and rent or buy homes to join her and Don in all the fun The Villages had to offer. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling and managed the church's bazaars year after year. Lavonne was a great mother and wife who loved her family more than anything.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; one daughter, Teresa Morgan of Miami, FL; three sons, Steven Morgan of Newport News, VA, Michael (Debra) Morgan of Sterling and Patrick Morgan of Chicago; two brothers, John McDonnell of Chicago and Monsignor William McDonnell of Rome, Italy; eight grandchildren, Katie, Jessica, Michael, Teri, Christopher, Maggie, Scott and Danielle and twelve great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Herbert McDonnell.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. with the Rosary recited at 4:30 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, 505 1st Avenue. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling with Monsignor William McDonnell, Celebrant. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.