Lavada Marie (Hovis) Doane, age 89, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1:55 p.m. at the Westview Nursing Home, in Bedford, Indiana.
She was born on January 23, 1931, in Martin County, Indiana, to Odis and Victoria (McBride) Hovis.
Lavada graduated from Shoals High School in 1949, and married the love of her life, Lora (Dale) Doane in August of 1950. Dale preceded her in death on December 18, 2002.
During her working years, Lavada worked for Trav-Ler’s, in Orleans; was a cook at the Shoals School Cafeteria, and later was the service manager of the family business, Doane’s Body Shop. She and Dale repaired and painted anything with wheels for the people of Martin and surrounding counties.
Lavada’s greatest joys in life were Dale and their family, camping, animals, (she once had 27 rescued cats) gardening, playing the piano and singing. She sang for many funerals along with Jackie Sims, Betty Downs, and Linda Johnson. She was a lady of great faith and was a member of the Dover Hill Christian Union Church.
Survivors include her sons, Bob Doane and wife Mary, of Dover Hill; and Bernard Doane, of Oolitic; two grandsons, Danny Doane and wife Pam, and Eric Doane and wife Tish, all of Shoals; eight great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Sara Doane; one brother-in-law, Jam-es Dee Doane; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; brothers, Paul Hovis and Russell Hovis; brothers-in-law, Delbert Dean Doane, Merlin Mundy, and Herb Sherfick; and sisters-in-law, Donna Mundy, Delores Sherfick, Sue Doane, Minnie Hovis, and Imogene Hovis.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc. Pa-stor Mike Schlaegel officiated the service.
Burial was made in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
All local government guidelines concerning COVID-19 and Social Distancing were followed. Visitation was limited to 25 people and the funeral service was limited to 50 people.