Lois LaValley, age 75, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 7,
2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1931, in Austin, to Lloyd and Ella (Exelby) Nelson.
Lois graduated from Austin High School in 1950. She was married to Donald
L. LaValley on April 5, 1952, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. She had
worked at several area businesses over the years including Gerber's Drive-In,
the Hormel Office, Landherr Drug, Quality Market, Jim's SuperValu and the
Hormel Employee's Credit Union. She returned to school and received her
LPN degree from the Austin Vo-Tec School. She then worked as a nurse at
St. Mark's Lutheran Home and later as their Volunteer Coordinator and held
the same position at the First Congregational Church in Austin.
While a member at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, Lois was a volunteer
with the Jr. and Sr. High Leagues and as Sunday School teacher. After
joining St. Olaf Lutheran in Austin, Lois served as Bible School Teacher,
Church Council President, Chairman of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation,
and was the driving force and founder of the Wellness Group with the Lay
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Past Grand
Rep. to the State of New York, Eastern Star and Worthy Matron and Past
Matron of Unity Chapter No. 29 OES. Lois was involved with Job's Daughters
as Past Guardian and Past Grand 3rd Messenger Minnesota. Lois also ran as
a candidate for the 4th District Mower County Commissioners seat.
Lois had a great faith in God and served Him well. She dedicated herself
to anything she put her mind to and was the hub of the family, keeping them
together and organized.
Lois is survived by her husband, Donald L. LaValley, Austin; daughters
and sons-in-law: Lynne (Mike) Boyer, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Nancy (Brian)
Clingman, Austin; grandchildren: Stacy Clingman, Austin; Michelle Boyer,
Albert Lea; Jami (Tim) Johnston, Albert Lea; Terri Boyer, Albert Lea; Luke
Boyer, Albert Lea; great-grandchildren: Alisha, Tristen, Trent, Andrew,
Riley, Cole and Kylie; sister, Judy Bjorgo, Austin; brother, Robert D.
Nelson, Austin; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lorraine Price; and
brother, Kenneth Nelson.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at St. Olaf
Lutheran Church with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment was in the
Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Music will be by Neal Erickson. Casket bearers will be: Brian Clingman,
Mike Boyer, Bob Guild, Tim Johnston, Bob Pederson and Luke Boyer.
The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.