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“One year has passed Mom. Never thought I would make it without You. Thanks for always being there & passing along your strength.LovePat ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Patrick Morgan - Chicago, IL

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Patrick Morgan - Chicago, IL

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Laurie Larson - St. Charles, IL

“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...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Nieman - Wilmette, IL

“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...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Eileen Detra - Prophetstown

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: donald shearer - Friend

“Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Jeff & Dina (Crowder) Green & Family ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Dina Green - Sterling, IL

“Thought and prayers to the family. We all grew up on McCue Rd. Hugs ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Delhotal johnson - Sterling, IL

“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 ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Burns - Bonita Springs, FL

“AS A FORMER PARISHIONER OF MSGR. BILL MCDONALD'S I SEND MYHEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF MARY LAVONNE MORGAN.MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.MARTHA HEITTER ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Martha Heitter - FREEPORT, IL

“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...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Conklen knowles - IN

“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...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Dave Murray - Sterling, IL


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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.