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Letha “Lavon” Lemmon Nelson

Letha “Lavon” Lemmon Nelson, 80, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 1:04 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.

Lavon was born June 14, 1940, in Wyaconda, Mo., to Edwin and Letha Tweed Lemmon. She was married to Roger H. Nelson on May 29, 1960, at Providence Baptist Church. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He survives.

Letha “Lavon” Lemmon Nelson

Other survivors include her children, Lonnie (Kim) Nelson, Kahoka, Mo.; Regina  (Brian) Herzog, Iberia, Mo.; and Lori  (Brad) Clark, O’Fallon, Mo.; grandchildren, Christopher Nelson, Laura Nelson, Stephen (Trysta) Herzog, Stephanie (Dave) Hagen, Christina (Scott Fitzgerald) Herzog, Emily Herzog, and Brantley and Madison Clark; great-grandchildren, Dalton and Henry Hagen and Sophie Herzog; and brother, Lee (Ann) Lemmon, Williamstown, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 Lavon was a graduate of Williamstown High School and a graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange College. 

She was a lifetime homemaker caring for her family and worked part-time for some years as a tax preparer and church secretary. 

Lavon loved reading, family get-togethers and traveling, including trips to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores with Roger. 

Lavon was a constant source of strength and dignity, a woman full of grace. Her wit and laughter lit up a room and she created a warm and welcoming home for her friends and family. She was beloved by all who knew her. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Palmyra, Mo.

Funeral services will he held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 10:45 a.m at the First Baptist Church of Palmyra. Lonnie Nelson will officiate. Burial to follow at Providence Cemetery in Williamstown.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Nelson, Stephen Herzog, Brantley Clark, Mark Lemmon, Michael Lemmon, and Troy Nelson.

Friends and family are invited to Lavon’s life celebration at a visitation that will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Online condolences and video tribute may be viewed at

The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel of Palmyra.