LaVonne Eilene Fields was born December 19, 1925, daughter of Ferdinand and Osine (Skabarud) Marquardt in Great Bend Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. She was confirmed at the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1938 and graduated from Winnebago Public Schools in 1943. LaVonne attended beauty school in Minneapolis and received her license in 1945.
On July 11, 1946 LaVonne was united in marriage to James Otto Fields. Otto and LaVonne lived outside of Amboy for twenty years before moving to town in 1967. Once in town LaVonne was self-employed as a beautician for 15 years.
LaVonne was a very faithful and active member of the United Methodist Church in Amboy for many years where she was involved in the choir and Martha’s circle. LaVonne also enjoyed singing with the Amboy Community Choir and her love of music was passed on to her three children by encouraging them to play piano and various other instruments. Over the years, LaVonne’s other hobbies included painting ceramics, hardanger, sewing, playing piano and organ and canning vegetables from their garden.
LaVonne and Otto were married for fifty-nine years before he passed away on August 14, 2005 at Parker Oaks in Winnebago. After Otto's death, LaVonne continuing to live at Parker Oaks until passing away on Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 at the wonderful age of 83 years.
LaVonne is survived by daughter, Donna Iliff of Albert Lea, MN; son, Ron Fields of Monticello, IN; daughter, Julie Abrahamson and her husband Russ of Shakopee, MN; grandchildren, Ray Iliff (Mary), Amanda Gunzenhauser (Rob), Joshua Fields, Sam Abrahamson; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Emma Gunzenhauser, Robert Iliff, Alexis Fields and soon-to-be baby Iliff.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; husband Otto; five brothers, Ray, Irving, Gene, Francis (Bud), and Sylvanus; six sisters, Shirley, Ruby, Phoebe, Percy, Alice, and Delores.
LaVonne was loved very much and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Pam Fuhrman, friend wrote on Jan 6, 2009:
"To LaVonne's family, I so enjoyed LaVonne! It was always good to see her and ask about her family. She loved her family. She enjoyed her snacks and loved to shop. She always looked good! I will miss her dearly. I love all you guys and hope to see you again in the future. Hugs to ALL, Pam Fuhrman "
Mary and Rod Theesfeld, friends wrote on Dec 29, 2008:
"Donna, Ray and Mary, I remember meeting your mom/grandma when you lived in the red house next door to us. She seemed like a sweet lady. I'm sure that you will all miss her very much. Keep the memories close to your heart."