Helen Lavonne Wells


Helen Lavonne Wells, 89, of Commerce, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Sulphur Springs. She was born in Commerce on June 13, 1929; the daughter of Rev. E.W. "Buck" Verner and Jewell Quinn Verner.
Lavonne taught P.E., English, history, drill team, and cheerleading at Mesquite High School. She started the Pacesetters drill team at North Mesquite high school as well.
Upon retirement from teaching, she formed her business "The Place" through which she provided props and uniforms for drill teams to numerous schools.
She is survived by daughters: Karen Schlucter of Sulphur Springs, and Judith Rathmell of Durant, Okla.; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and two
great-great-grandchildren. Lavonne is also survived by her twin sister, Evonne Richardson of Commerce and four nieces.
Preceding her in death are her parents, a son, Wesley Wells, and a daughter, Dian Buchanan.
The family hosted a memorial service in the Alumni Building at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Friday, Jan. 18, with her cousin Rev. Jerry Speight officiating. Several friends gathered with some sharing memories of how her life impacted them.
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Published on January 22, 2019
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