Martha LaVawn Ford, 89, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Lawson, Missouri, was born, October 14, 1924, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jefferson Davis and Mary Lucinda (Cable) Arnold. She was born onto her heavenly birthday on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation center surrounded with love and family.
LaVawn was a 1938 Clinton High School graduate.
On June 28, 1952, she was united in marriage to William Hugh Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2003.
LaVawn had been employed as an office worker for the Katz Drug Store in Kansas City. Later she worked as a Keypunch operator for Phillips 66 and Coast to Coast. She was a former member of the St. Ann Catholic Church in Excelsior Springs and was a current member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill. She was also a member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. In her spare time she enjoyed listening to music, bird watching and was an avid reader.
LaVawn was also preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, J. D. Arnold, and Edward Arnold.
She is survived by her daughter Karen Judith Ford, of Pleasant Hill; one sister Mary LaVern Robertson of Parkville; one sister-in-law Catherine Bush of Overland Park, Kansas; 10 nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
A mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church. The Recitation of the Rosary and visitation were held prior to the mass at the church. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated.
Graveside services were held Saturday afternoon in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Casket bearers were Kyle Anderson, Adam Bennett, Jerry Ferguson, Kenny Nauss, Luke Shrout, and Paul Shrout.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay-Clergy Council and may be sent in care of the funeral home.