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10/16/1926 — 09/01/2021
Celebration of Life
On September 1 , 2021 the world lost a true angel, a strong woman of God, an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, daughter, friend, teacher, and so much more. LaVeta was born on October 16, 1926, to Mary and Edwin Meyer near Alexandria, SD and grew up on farms in Colton and Hartford, SD. As she grew up, her love for Christ and teaching children became her passions. She taught in a one room schoolhouse and later taught campfire girls, Sunday school and Senior High Fellowship. She taught Bible Study Fellowship for 12 years, which filled her with the love and joy of sharing and teaching others about Christ.
LaVeta met the love of her life, Raymond C Lloyd and they married June 3, 1949. They were married for 71 blessed years. After they married, they moved west first to Boulder, Colorado, then to Richland, Washington in 1951. They had many adventures camping, traveling, fishing, and in later years mission trips and cruising. They were long time church members of Central United Protestant Church in Richland.
Ray and LaVeta were blessed with three loving children; Beverly (Fred) Miller, Earl (Kim) Lloyd, and Mary (Mark) Rowley, her beloved grandchildren; Brian (Jenny) Miller, Mike (Mallory) Miller, Rhys Lloyd, Alix Lloyd, Luke Rowley, Aaron (Sarah) Rowley, and her pride and joy great granddaughters; Melanie Miller and Kendra Miller. She also loved her honorary kids Katy, Norine, Nan, Jeff, and many others who passed through their lives. She blessed all of those she met, and we are all richer for knowing her and her love of Christ.
LaVeta is reunited in heaven with her husband Ray, daughter Barbara, Granddaughter Sarah Faye, her parents; Mary and Edwin Meyer and her siblings; Alvin Meyer, Marcella Johnson, and Floyd Meyer. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her loving care and infectious smile.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Alzheimer’s Association, or children’s charity in her honor. There will be a viewing at Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland this Friday, September 10 from 12-1 PM followed by a 1:00 PM outdoor service at Sunset Gardens in Richland near the fountain in celebration of her life.
So sorry for the loss of your mom, Laveta…and so soon after losing your dad, Ray. Although I had limited contact with your mom back in the 60’s-70’s, even as a kid I appreciated her as a role model. Faithful to Christ; loyal to her family; and kind to neighborhood kids like me. I will remember her and Ray as an integral part of my childhood during a particular formative period.
I didn’t know LaVeta that well, but I do know that she was such a great friend to my mom and dad, Laurie and Duane Snyder. When I did get the privilege of being in her presence she was always full of so much love and joy. Always smiling, always witty. Such a dear, sweet soul. Our prayers go up on behalf of her whole family as you grieve the loss of such a wondeful lady.