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Joe Svec
07/02/2014 12:57 PM

May 5, 1918 – June 23.2014

LaVonne Ruth Regan of Pioneer, CA passed away in Bakersfield, CA on June 23, 2014 at age 96. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Thurman and Laura (Ley) Fox.

LaVonne grew up in Indianapolis, the eldest daughter, along with her two sisters, Margaret (Margie) and Rita. After graduating from high school in 1936 and later, in 1940, LaVonne fulfilled her dream of becoming a practicing registered nurse.

In 1940 she also met Robert W (Bob) Regan a construction engineer who began dating her and promised her to show her the world. He did. The following year, she married Bob and indeed began a life of travel throughout the US, Canada and eventually the world.

In the ensuing years of their marriage LaVonne followed Bob to the places he would go in his career. She and shortly their children lived in St. Louis MO, Oak Ridge TN, Schenectady NY, Toronto, Canada, Inglewood CA, Farmington NM, Ontario CA, Marquette MI, Bellport NY, L’Anse MI, Baton Rouge LA, Huntington Beach CA, Calcutta, India, Lyallpur, Pakistan, Kingman AZ, Ione, CA, Amarillo TX, Lake Charles LA, and Mt. Pleasant TX.

As she travelled and cared for her husband and family, LaVonne carved out time to work her profession as a nurse, working in several locations in US and overseas in India and Pakistan.

LaVonne is survived by her sister, Rita Kocher, her 4 children: Bobbie Butler and husband, John; Ron Regan and wife, Marie; Randy Regan and wife, Linda; and Tina Regan and Dale Crow; her grandchildren: Sean Regan, Jeff Butler, Mark Regan, Becky Arrowsmith, Heather Bellue, Rachel Dishong, Alissa Daschbach, Jodie Smelser, Hadley Mastrucci, their spouses and 16 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Bob Regan, her sister Margie, and grandchildren, Randall and Britta.

LaVonne was the matriarch of the family and an excellent wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother known for her loving heart, positivity and her sharp mind and keen memory. She made you feel like a better person just from knowing her and she always knew what to say to make you feel loved. She was an active participant and supporter of other people's dreams. Her attributes of true kindness, heartfelt care and genuine compassion were a hallmark of daily life. A true example of unconditional love, she will be missed by all who knew her.

Beyond her family and friends, LaVonne loved the game of golf. She spent many long and enjoyable hours out on the course with her many golfing friends. In her mid-eighties she satisfied a dream by playing golf in the Senior Games, held in St. George, Utah, and bringing home a medal.

Services were held at St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church on 10th Avenue in Huntington Beach, CA on Monday, June 30, 2014 with burial following at Good Shepherd Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given in LaVonne’s memory to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras counties (209-223-5500)/ (hospiceofamador.org/help.htm) or a charity of your choice.

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