LaVonta Bayer Ward, 83, loving mother and caregiver, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at her home in Ward's Camp, Lake Stamford. Services honoring LaVonta, will begin with a visitation at 1:00 p.m. followed by the funeral at 2:00, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel with Kenny Thompson officiating. Rosary services will be held the following day, Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with interment immediately following in the Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
LaVonta Cecilia Bayer was born February 8, 1934 in Muenster, Texas, the daughter of the late Aloys "Al" John and Marie Cecilia (Loerwald) Bayer. She married Grady Ward on October 26, 1976 in Lubbock, Texas. In 1983, Grady and LaVonta purchased the Cobb's Camp at Lake Stamford and established Ward's Camp. Grady preceded LaVonta in death on November 18, 1995.. Some of LaVonta's greatest pleasures and hobbies were fishing, playing 42, and also card games, such as gin. She was an outstanding cook, and people came from all around to eat a LaVonta hamburger. Each morning, you could find LaVonta in her store at Ward's Camp, getting the coffee ready for her faithful coffee drinkers. LaVonta was a steadfast woman, evident in her insistence of being completely in charge and hold court with the "regulars" stopping by. She also enjoyed times spent eating out with her girlfriends and going to Oklahoma playing the machines. Most importantly, LaVonta cherished her friends and family and was the ultimate mother and caregiver to all who knew her.
Preceding LaVonta in death were her parents; her husband, Grady Ward; a son, Marcus Paul "Marc" Davis; and a sister, Loretta Davis.
Family surviving LaVonta are her children, Cindy Meador-Stayton and husband David of Canyon; Joe Vern Brewer and wife Karla of Avoca, Charles Ralph Brewer and wife Shannon of Bentonville, Arkansas; a sister, Lanette Tramell of Gainesville; a brother, Joe Bayer and wife Linda of Southlake; four grandchildren, Lauren Barnett, Matthew Wade Meador, Lacy Williams, Brady Brewer; four great grandchildren, Teagen Barnett, Macy Barnett, Kixi Meador, Kall Meador and a wealth of family and friends.
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Published on October 16, 2017