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LaVina C. Maxon

LaVina Maxon, age 75 of Buffalo, SD, died September 19, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, September 22, St. Therese Catholic Church in Rapid City with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant, with Father Bill Zandri and Father John Heying as con-celebrants.

Reader for the service was Melvin Maxon.

An honor song was performed by LaVina's nephew, John Zeman and his wife, Dimitria, on the traditional Native American drums during the processional.

Ushers were Jeff Penticoff and Tom Rasor.

Pallbearers were her older grandsons, Kene Roberts, Patrick, Michael and Daniel Penticoff, Travis Rasor and Joey Maxon, and special family friends, Carv Thompson, Ralph Trevillyn, Bob Hempel, Jim Havlik and Jr. Bettelyoun.

Burial was held in June, 2009, at the family cemetery, Mossman Cemetery, near Ridgeview, SD.

LaVina Clara Claymore was born December 11, 1932, to Charles and Elizabeth (Whitesell) Claymore at Cheyenne Agency. She grew up at Wakpala, SD, then moved to Fort Yates where she attended mission school. She graduated from high school in Fort Yates in 1950.

She graduated from St. Alexis School of Nursing in Bismarck, ND, with an LPN degree. She worked for Indian Health Services in Fort Yates, ND, and Pine Ridge, SD, as a lab and x-ray technician. She was also a dedicated nurse in health services at Faith, Mission and Philip.

She was united in marriage to Chuck Maxon on June 30, 1962, at Hot Springs, SD. They lived in Moorcroft, WY, Springfield, Faith, Mission and Philip, SD, Chefornak, AK, before moving to Buffalo, SD, in 1987.

She was an accomplished award-winning artist and shared her paintings with her children. She loved gardening, reading, crossword puzzles and, most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Chuck Maxon of Buffalo; four daughters, Shelly Baker of Black Hawk; Kim Davis of Rapid City, Kelly (Jeff) Penticoff of Philip, and Nan (Tom) Rasor of Manvel, TX; three sons, Mark Maxon and special friend, Jane Gavin, of Vermillion, Clay Maxon and special friend, Sally Michel, of St. Paul, MN, and Eric (Shannon) Maxon of Box Elder; two sisters, Thelma Luger of Ft. Yates, ND, and Merry Lou (Willie) Ketterling of Larimore, ND; 21 grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Greg Maxon, on October 22, 2007; and two brothers, Earl and Gernell Claymore.

A memorial is established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com