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Helen Lavonne Wells

Helen Lavonne Wells, 89, of Commerce, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Sulphur Springs, TX. 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 Schluchter of Sulphur Springs, Tx. and Judith Rathmell of Durant, Okla.; 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 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 will host a memorial gathering in the Alumni Building of TAMU, Commerce on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. until noon. To celebrate her memory and her enthusiasm for wearing crazy hats and ball caps with bling, you are encouraged to do the same when attending her service. A time for sharing your special memories of Lavonne will be provided for all who wish to do so.

Memorial Service

Friday, January 18, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Alumni Building
Texas A&M University
Commerce, Texas 75428

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Hi Mom today its been 1yr ago that you died and I lost you I love and miss you so much please give Jason a hug i asked him to give you a hug back for me I'm glad you're there to take care of my baby

Karen G Schluchter Jan 16 2020 12:00 AM

Ms. Wells headed up our Maroon Brigade & P E in Mesquite HS, 1968. She couldn't have been a sweeter more fun lady. I know she'll be missed.

Karen Noyes Robinson Jan 19 2019 12:00 AM

I have found memories of her as our cheerleader sponsor at MHS. .

Sherry (Browder) Poe Jan 19 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Jan Guynes Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

She was an awesome lady. Had the best times shopping with her in my teens. So glad she got to meet my son Eli at the family reunion several years ago. Love ya. 💕

Elizabeth (Allen) Sheley Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

My heart aches for you Karen and the rest of her beautiful loved ones, which is family/friends. Mrs. Wells, even though we are all older cannot call her anything but that, was sooo good to/for the Pacesetters. I am very thankful to have been part of her Pacesetter family and to have spoken with her through FB in the last couple of years. Thank you for being you, Mrs. Wells and for loving us and making it fun. Love, Laura

Laura Murphy Hall Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

RIP Classy Lady you have earned your wings so soar high ..My condolence to the family and friends .

Elizabeth Ann Abbello Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

I met LaVonne when Jason was in the room next door to my mom at Oak Manor, she was always so sweet. And when I started working at Walmart, she always cane to find me to help her, didn't want anybody else messing with her phone.

Angela Smith Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

To lots of great memories growing up

Roger D. Melton Sr. Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

Lavonne will be missed greatly by me, Stacye my daughter and grandchildren, Jon and Kim. She was such a huge part of our lives. She was always happy, loved to dance and travel.

Marge Prosser Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

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