Lavina Wilson before the trademark white hair
LaVina B Wilson
  • 97 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 22, 1916
  • Place of birth:
    Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 13, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Sun City West, Arizona, United States
Let the memory of LaVina be with us forever. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

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Obit Seen in the Arizona Republic, Daily Sun News, Star Minnisota Tribune

Wilson, LaVina J. (Blatterman) LaVina often used B. instead of J. as her middle name.


LaVina Wilson, 97, of Sun City West, Arizona died March 13th 2014. daughter of Jesse Richard Blatterman and Verena Blumer, former wife of Kermit Houchins Wilson, passed away peacefully at 6:30 in the morning at her home with loved ones in Sun City West, AZ of pulmonary hypertension.

She is survived by her Son, Hal Wilson and two Daughters LaVaan Viger and Bonnita Claus. Stepchildren, Tere Alsadi and Michael Wilson. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren living in Minnesota, New York, North Dekota, California, Nevada and Arizona. LaVina helped start Sico Incorporated with her former husband, owned a Arthur Murry dance studio, was a dance instructor and a owned a beauty salon. She started a chapter of the International Sunshine Club in her City and was member of the Easter Star for 65 years. LaVina continued to do hair in her home, never completely retiring until the end of the 1990’s.

She loved to be social, entertaining, traveling, dancing, playing cards, fishing and time with her grandchildren.

Generous, kind, honest, stubborn, elegant, fastidious, brave, strong, energetic, resilient, proud, thoughtful, hopeful and selfless. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, her legacy lives on in all of us.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 13th at the Camino Del Sol Funeral Chapel in Sun City West, AZ at 2:00 PM.

Inurnment: Formally placed in her final earthly resting place at the Camino Del Sol Funeral Chapel, The Garden of Eternal Memory


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by lavaan viger on 14th March 2016

"Dearest Mom, you are missed so much!  You are in my heart and thoughts daily!  I feel so grateful that you are my Mom and that I was able to spend so much time with you!  I will always be grateful to my wonderful Son Steve, that you were able to stay in your earthly home  until you were ready to move on to your heavenly Home❤️"

This tribute was added by Tina May on 28th July 2015

"I have faith you know how much I love you and how much you've always meant to me.
You stood in when my mother, father and whole family forgot me. You never did. You called week after week, year after year. You made sure I knew I was loved by you and taught me so much of how to be selfless and truly be a giving caring person.
You'll always be in my thoughts and heart. You're what keeps me going to this day, as I watched you face so many trials and lived life on your terms in the face of them, I have no choice but to try to live up to your example. I may fail often, but I will keep trying and keep going in hopes you'll be proud of me some day, and hopefully when I'm 95, I won't give up my dancing shoes, because I just might need them."

This tribute was added by David Viger on 23rd June 2015

"Happy Birthday, My beautiful Mother-in-Law! I miss you so, but I know where you are, you are closer to us now more than ever. Knowing how many friends you had here on earth, and no doubt, before you came here, you are probably more busy up there organizing social events, making new friends, helping so many there who will cherish your friendship and generous love and concern for each of them!

Keep up the good work. You are always in our hearts, we will do the best we can to keep up your legacy here and try to live up to the great standards of love and service you left us with by your example."

This tribute was added by lavaan viger on 22nd June 2015

"Happy Birthday Sweet Mom!  Today you would have been 99 years old!  "You are near, even if i don't see you, You are with me, even if you are in Heaven.  You are in my heart, In my thoughts, in my life still always. Love you and Miss you every day of my life!"

This tribute was added by Donna Weedman on 14th March 2015

"It has been a year since you passed on.   I miss your smiling face and the wisdom you were so willing to share. You are missed."

This tribute was added by Steve Hultgren on 23rd June 2014

"Miss you on what would have been your 98th! Fun to look at your Facebook many good memories."

This tribute was added by Christina Wilson on 14th April 2014

"The Woman with the Softest Skin
An old organ in the corner, of her living space & cherubs dancing everywhere, perfectly in place With hues of gold all through her home,
A vibrant and rich look

Crotchet  owls, a blue love chair, & a little sewing nook
A green fishing box, neatly stacked with vitamins & meds.
The stiffest curls you'd ever see piled on her head.

Piercing blues eyes, hidden behind way to heavy glasses,
This woman that I speak of was adored by the masses.
Her leopard print robe she wore, just about every night.
And as the years went on, her beehive slowly dropped in height.
The one thing that she, through the years, carefully maintained,
Was her incredibly soft skin. PH well retained.
I'd ask her, how it was so velvety;
And she would then reply, with a look of pure excitement & a sparkle in her eye, "Cold Cream and lotion"

Every time she would always claim,
" and if you do this, yours as well can be the very same"
I will never forget the memories, the time just flew by,
I'd like to think of you as a cherub now soaring through the sky."

This tribute was added by mary wilson on 14th April 2014

"I love you my dear grandma.  You will forever be with me."

This tribute was added by mary wilson on 14th April 2014

"I love you so very much.  You are my angel,"

This tribute was added by Joy Jennings on 8th April 2014

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.  They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love....Leo Buscaglia.  
I love you Grandma! You will be forever in my heart. Thank you for all the good memories you have given me.  Love Joy Wilson Jennings."

This tribute was added by Donna Weedman on 26th March 2014

"My life has been so enriched by your presence in it. I will miss you and think of you often. You were such an inspiration and blessing to have known."

This tribute was added by Dee Denham on 21st March 2014

"We will miss her smiles.
Lavina showed concern for members several years with the Alpine Association. She was always ready to help.
May she now rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Steve Hultgren on 18th March 2014

"You stayed here until you knew everyone you loved was going to be ok. So many personal memories of when you brought the family together.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou"

This tribute was added by Tereasa Grace on 16th March 2014

"Wishing I could have seen you just one more time before I left. Love you sweet angel"

This tribute was added by Linda LeTourneau on 15th March 2014

"So incredible to have known such an amazing women, I will always think of you with genuine affection,  May the Heavens welcome you with the Grace that is your presence,RIP LaVina"

This tribute was added by LaVaan Viger on 15th March 2014

"I miss you Mom and your smile!!"

This tribute was added by Steve Hultgren on 15th March 2014

"It's been only one day! I miss you Grandmother, tears only come when people console me. I know your in a better place... Goodnight."

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