LaVona Vere Cox Balchuck. Born Aug. 18, 1935, in La Junta, Colo., passed away Oct. 5, 2010. Predeceased by grandparents, 'Van' and Inez Curan and her parents, Raymond 'Joe' and Velva Van Curan Cox. Graduated La Junta High School in 1953 and lived in Pueblo, Colo. since 1954. Survived by her sons, Raymond (Mary) and Steven (Valerie) Balchuck; grandchildren, Ryan 'The Piper' Balchuck, Tiffany Marez and Stephany Balchuck; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Marez and Matthew Burner. Also survived by the love of her life, Wayne L. Willey. Thank you, Wayne, for the love and the very best care anyone could give a human being. Thank you also to the staff at Sangre de Cristo Hospice, especially Allen, Betty and Maria. Rosary, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, and funeral Mass, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, with the Rev. Father Liam Courtney as celebrant. Both services at Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Steve and Valerie,
    We were so surprised to hear of LaVonna’s passing. Seems like just yesterday that we all met at the Northside Kmart and watched your beautiful daughters and her granddaughters grow out of the shopping cart and into wonderful women. She was oh so very proud of all of you and could not say enough good things about you. Always the classy lady……

  2. Vona used to say we kicked the slats out of each others cradle. Not quite, but almost that long, have we been friends. When we were wee girls and I was playing with her at her apartment, we never wanted to stop. She, an only child; I, the only girl between two brothers, so our playtime was special. In fact, Vona would sit on me so I could’t leave.
    I thought of this as I was with her the Friday before her death. Except that God was waiting for her, I wish I could have sat on her and made her stay and play a bit longer! Wayne, I so appreciate the love and care you gave her for 14 years-it’s hard for you to give her up too. And Ray, Steve and your families – how she loved you all! But we will all get to play with her again – and our love for her and her love for us never ends!

  3. Chip and I will always remember LaVona and the Parade of Lights parties at the store. She was a sweetheart and lots of fun. Her smile will be what we remember the most. Our thoughts are with you.

    Janie & Chip

  4. My sympathies to you Steve and Val. I know the loss of LaVona will create a huge void in your lives. Mike and I were talking about the first time we met her out at North Shore Marina one evening. She was regaling the group with her wonderful stories. Since we were new out there, she and some of the others gave us places to go and visit while in Pueblo. She was a wonderful ambassador for our community. Our prayers are with you.

  5. To Ray and Family our thoughts and prayers are with all of you LaVona was a wonderful person who touched everyone she came in contact with she will be sadly missed.

    Lou Ann McCurry and Arlene Stolz

  6. Dear Wayne, I am so sorry to hear about Lavona, she meant the world to me. I’m sorry to have lost touch with the both of you. I will miss her dearly. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you need anything. I love you both very much. Everytime I think of diamonds and fur I will think of her.

    God bless you all,I know it has been a long struggle for Vona. Know she is at peace now..Dixie

  8. Dear Raymond and Mary,
    I want you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Also, how truly blessed I was that I had met LaVona. I enjoyed our “Republican” talks, her stories of her singing, and her love for her family. Please tell Wayne I am sorry and he is in my prayers also.

    Much love and prayers to my Balchuck/Ward family.

    Sharon Milligan McCurry

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