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

Tribute & Message From The Family

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.


Condolence & Memory Journal


One year has passed Mom. Never thought I would make it without You. Thanks for always being there & passing along your strength.

Posted by Patrick Morgan - Chicago, IL - Son   April 25, 2017


Thinking of you today Mom & loved reading all that was said here about you from a number of your friends. Thought i would light a candle.
Love & Miss You

Posted by Patrick Morgan - Chicago, IL - Family   June 13, 2016

Dear Teresa and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a great lady. I have many fond memories of her. I'm sure my parents are showing her around in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Laurie Larson - St. Charles, IL - Friend   May 16, 2016

Dear Morgans:

My mother told me tonight of meeting Lavonne recently and how happy she was. Please accept our condolences. As a classmate of Steve's at St. Mary's and Newman, I thought it important to tell you all that your mother always seemed happy and was smiling whenever we met.

We are very sorry for your loss.

Tom Nieman

Posted by Tom Nieman - Wilmette, IL - Acquaintance   May 04, 2016

Lavonne was a great lady with a lot of faith I met her brother in FL and was invited to her house for Sunday morning Mass. An honor for me. Prayers and thoughts for her family

Posted by Eileen Detra - Prophetstown   May 04, 2016


death releases LOVE. when i loose someone i always keep the things i loved most about them their laughter their smile the way they are their virtues traits, alive in my own spirit and that way part of them remains in me for everyone else to LOVE...i also know that i am now connected in a deeper way and feel closer to them without the limitations of our egos and body's blocking out true connected spirit. peace to you and your family.i am glad you had a great and wonderful MOTHER.

Posted by donald shearer - Friend   May 04, 2016


Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeff & Dina (Crowder) Green & Family

Posted by Dina Green - Sterling, IL - Friend   May 03, 2016

Thought and prayers to the family. We all grew up on McCue Rd. Hugs

Posted by Diane Delhotal johnson - Sterling, IL - Friend   May 03, 2016

Your mom was an incredible woman and I am sorry I'm not able to be there. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Posted by Michelle Burns - Bonita Springs, FL - Friend   May 02, 2016


Posted by Martha Heitter - FREEPORT, IL   May 02, 2016

I remember your mom and dad as reference at many of the games that I attended and participated in during my high school years. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sue Conklen knowles - Columbia city, IN   May 01, 2016

As I mentioned at the wake held in The Villages Thursday, I will forever be grateful to Lavonne for her dedicated care for my Mother, Margaret Murray. Mom was in her 80's and legally blind but loved golf and the social activities at Emerald Hill CC. Lavonne always volunteered to play golf with Mom so she could help her see and find her ball. Mom thought the world of her for Lavonne's unselfish gifts to her and considered her an angel. It was typical of Lavonne's love and thoughtfulness to everyone she came in contact with. She was a true Christian who practiced her faith, quietly and continuously. I hope she and Mom are playing together again and maybe Mom can assist her in some way with Heaven's golf courses! Bless Lavonne for the way she cared for Don. We all admired her and loved her for that.

Posted by Dave Murray - Sterling, IL - Friend   April 30, 2016