Lavone Barnhart

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lavone Barnhart, 88, of Sioux City, formerly of Sioux Rapids, Spencer, Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff, passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at the Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids. Burial will be at the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to the start of services at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Lavone Ardel Joines, the daughter of Glen and Myrtle (Salzkorn) Joines, was born on May 14, 1920, at Slayton, Minn. As a child, Lavone moved with her family to Sutherland, where she received her education in country schools near Sutherland and Calumet. She was united in marriage to Donald Foster on April 21, 1940, in Spencer. To this union one daughter, Charlotte, was born. Charlotte died in infancy and Donald was killed in action in Germany during World War II.

In 1945, she moved to Spencer to make her home. On Feb. 6, 1946, Lavone married Charles Barnhart in Topeka, Kansas. This couple was blessed with three children: Norma, Carol and Steve.

In November 1957, the Barnhart family moved to Sioux Rapids. Lavone was a member of the Buena Vista County Rural Letter Carrier Auxiliary and the O.D.O. Club for many years. In June 1974 the Barnharts moved to Storm Lake. She continued to live in Storm Lake until July 2006, when she moved to the Floyd House in Sergeant Bluff.

Mrs. Barnhart was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, her infant daughter Charlotte, two grandsons, Darin Hyndman and Tyler Jason "T.J." Barnhart, three sisters: Carvana Austin, Evelyn Jackson and Lola Mileham, and one brother, Eldred Joines.

Mrs. Barnhart is survived by her children: Norma (David) Hyndman of Skandia, Mich., Carol Huffman of Oskaloosa, Steven (Maureen) Barnhart of Sergeant Bluff; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one brother: Dennis (Ernestine) Joines of Cambridge City, Ind.; one sister-in-law: Marjorie Joines of Spencer; one brother-in-law, Raymond (Juanita) Barnhart of California, Miss.; other relatives and friends.