Lavona Howe Varney
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Houlton - Lavona Howe Varney, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 25, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born on July 20, 1929, in Island Falls, Maine, the 11th child of Forest E. and Mary (Byers) Howe and the wife of Clayton C. Varney.
She was a long-time member of the Military Street Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and cared for children in the nursery for many years. In her later years, attending Sunday Service and socializing with her church family was a highlight of her week.
Lavona enjoyed people and working. Her career included admissions and bookkeeping clerk at the Aroostook Hospital in Houlton and payroll and accounts payable clerk for SAD#29 from which she retired in 1997. She then volunteered at the front desk at Houlton Regional Hospital for fifteen years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and cooking and giving her creations away. She had a special fondness for young people and was thrilled when they would visit her and play games.
She was predeceased by her husband Clayton; one son, Wayne C. Varney; nine siblings and one half-sister.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth and her husband Fred Ludwig of Houlton; sisters Phyllis Worthley of Houlton, Joan Drake of Orangevale, California; brother and sister-in-law, Hillis and Janet Varney of Houlton, brother-in-law Skip Walton of Brewer; many nieces and nephews; and a special family Reverend Randall Burns, Melanie, Mackenzie (Hallee), and Madeline (Ben).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Military Street Baptist Church, 307 Military Street, Houlton, Maine. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, there will be a livestream funeral service on Sunday, March 29, from Military Street Baptist Church at 3 pm.
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Published on March 26, 2020


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Mar 30, 2020
I’m so sad to hear this she was a sweet lady I guess we can say she is in heaven with our God My heart goes out her family praying for peace
John Eastman
Mar 30, 2020
My condolences to all of you. Beth and Fred, she was a kind gentle lady that was loved by all who knew and met her. She was a person I enjoyed talking to as did others. Blessings and prayers to you both.
Heidi G. Watson
Mar 30, 2020
Dear Beth and Fred,
Prayers for you and your family. Lavona was a sweet lady and I always enjoyed chatting with her. May God's peace and the prayers of many give you comfort.
Becky (Belyea)Crooker
Mar 29, 2020
Remembering Lavona from many, many years ago. Our Sunday school days to just last month in church at MSBC. Blessing to Beth and Fred.
Michael and Karen Fitzpatrick
Mar 29, 2020
Dear Beth and Fred,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Nancy BELYEA-Shea..
Mar 29, 2020
A blessing to do many RIP dear lady
Myrna Hutchinson
Mar 29, 2020
So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady.
Kay Hogan Crabb
Mar 28, 2020
Sorry to hear about auntei I always enjoyed the luncheons we had together when I was up. My prayers are with you and Fred .
Etta Veysey
Mar 27, 2020
Beth, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I always enjoyed talking to her when I lived in Houlgon. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Missy McLellan
Mar 27, 2020
What a beautiful soul. I am so grateful that I got to know this lady in our brief time together at MSBC. She was such a sweet ray of sunshine! One of my favorite memories was of the week before Thanksgiving this past year when she took the time to write out a recipe for me. Praying for your family during your time of loss. Until we meet again sweet sister!
Jean merritt
Mar 27, 2020
God Bless you all. You had a beautiful lady in your life.