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In Memory - Lavon Hollingsworth


In Memory – Ed Pincus



We are very sad to announce the passing of Lavon Hollingsworth, wife and partner of Don Hollingsworth. Don is a founding member of HPS and with Lavon ran Hollingsworth Peony Farm for many years. This dear lady and friend of HPS will be sorely missed.

Lavon Hollingsworth (May 31, 1924 – Dec 22, 2013)

From obitsforlife.com

Lavon Rae Hollingsworth, 89, Maryville, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at her home in Maryville.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, Dec. 28th, 2013 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, with Rev. Lou Davies officiating. Burial will follow in the Camp Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, Dec. 27th, 2013 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, MO and 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Camp Creek United Methodist Church, 5667 Meade, Cummings, Kansas 66016 or SSM Hospice and Homecare Foundation, 2016 South Main Street, Maryville, Missouri 64468 in Lavon's name. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.

Lavon was born May 31, 1924, in Atchison, to Albert John and Mari Willa (Mayfield) Wohlgemuth.A 1942 graduate of Atchison High School, and also a graduate of the Cushing Nursing School, Leavenworth, in 1945. Lavon was a retired nurse and co-owner of Hollingsworth Peonies Nursery.

She first married Robert Parker Tretheway, Oct. 16, 1945. After Robert's death she married Don Hollingsworth on July 30, 1993, in Atchison.Lavon was a member of Camp Creek United Methodist Church, Cummings, American Peony Society, and Pony Express Iris Society and Past President of Maryville Garden Club,Lavon's nursing career mirrored Robert's TWA career, taking her to Pasadena, Calif., and St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. A move to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia found Lavon caring for other members of the American community. Returning to Kansas City, she worked at TWA Overhaul Base, Worlds of Fun, and Swope Park Nursing Home.Lavon became a true peony enthusiast working alongside Don in developing a thriving commercial peony nursery. During the past 20 years she immensely enjoyed attending the annual APS conventions, kindling dear friendships and promoting Hollingsworth originations and propagations.

Preceding in death were her parents, her first husband Robert Tretheway, Feb. 14, 1981, infant son Dean George Tretheway, and two brothers Albert John Wohlgemuth and Melvin Wohlgemuth.

Survivors include her husband Don Hollingsworth of their home,Robert Parker (Rosie) Tretheway II, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kent Ray (Kathryn "Kop") Tretheway, Derby,Dana Ross (Glenny) Tretheway, Tulsa, Okla.,stepson, Larry W. (Eileen) Loos, Maricopa, Ariz., stepdaughters Sandra M. Loos, Kansas City, Mo., and LaDonna S. (Vincent) Benne, Platte City, Mo., seven grandchildren, six step-grandchildren,16 great-grandchildren, and seven step great-grandchildren.

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