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Messick, Sylvia L November 26, 1932 - March 9, 2017

Sylvia Lavonne (Covington) Messick, age 84, went to her new home in heaven at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017. She was born in Butler, MO on November 26, 1932, to Lewis C. and Minnie Lee (Cowan) Covington. Three months later the family moved to Vernon County and shortly after moved to the farm in Walker, MO, considered to be the Covington home place. Lavonne was the eighth of nine children. Having consideration of others, sharing all you had, and lending a helping hand were characteristics she developed at a young age and maintained throughout her life. She was a vivacious friendly cheerleader at Walker High School, where she graduated in 1950. Lavonne was married to Marion Messick for twenty-two years and had one son, Ken. They owned the Dairy Maid in El Dorado Springs for ten years. Marion and Lavonne remained lifelong friends. One of Lavonne’s greatest joys were her grandchildren, Holly Messick of South Carolina, Josh Messick of Springfield, MO and a great granddaughter Gia. Lavonne was ambitious and hard working. She owned several restaurants throughout her life, retired from the State Hospital in Nevada, MO, and always created ways to succeed. Her artistic talents, love of knowledge, beautiful singing voice, and imaginative storytelling made her a very interesting and colorful personality to be around. Her hearty laugh and humor about life will remain with us forever. Lavonne attended the El Dorado Springs Assembly of God Church until her move to Springfield, MO in 2011. She loved the Lord and shared God’s love with her family and others while on this earth. As the last sibling to depart this life, she is now reunited for a heavenly family reunion. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Minnie Covington of Walker, MO; a son Ken in 2011; brothers Jerial Covington, Clark Covington, Orville Covington; sisters Laverna McHenry, Florence Flynn, Ruth O’Neal, Wilma Miller and Aretha Covington. She will be greatly missed and remembered always by her friends, grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs

Mount Vernon Cemetery

Mount Vernon Cemetery

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