LaVona Sue Osborn, 54, of Greentop, Mo., Travis-Noe Funeral Home
Travis-Noe Funeral Home
1008 W. Potter Ave
Kirksville MO 63501
LaVona Sue (Martin) Osborn
1964 - 2018
LaVona Sue Osborn, 54, of Greentop, Missouri passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018. LaVona was born to Reverend Donald and Donna Gail Martin on May 18, 1964, in Gravette, Arkansas. She was the youngest of six children, and in her mother’s words, “ was the easiest and most well behaved of the children. She was just like a precious baby doll.” In 1980 the Martin family moved to Kirksville, and there she met her sweetheart and husband to be Jeffrey Osborn.
Jeffrey and Lavona were married on May 24, 1986, and through this union were born three children. Lindsay, Michael, and Jacoby. The most loving and loyal of wife, and mothers, her family was her world. Her greatest desire was to see them following Christ, and she made sure they were in church even when they didn’t feel like it. In more recent years she was blessed with four grandchildren. Travie Jack, MellaRose, Thaddeus, and Micah. She loved swinging, building forts, going on walks, and cuddling with all of her grandchildren. In her words, “I live for my children and grandchildren.” Mom was an amazing cook and loved cooking for her family and friends. Her pies, cookies, and sheet cake will never be forgotten.
LaVona was a hard worker and took on various jobs cleaning houses, driving a school bus, and cleaning Kelly’s furniture. She always wanted jobs that would allow her to be a homemaker, simply put, she wanted her family to come first.
LaVona had many hobbies. She loved to read, enjoyed canning the abundant garden produce, loved animals, playing the piano, and going on walks. She loved the country life. She also had a love for Christmas. She would listen to Christmas music nearly all year round, it was always Christmas time in her home and in her heart.
In February of 2015 mom was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Although this was by far the biggest test of her life, her faith in and relationship with Christ rose to new heights. In the last months she would increasingly be seen reading her Bible, her confidence was palpable. Mom fought hard and left no stone unturned. She made it clear she was ready, no matter the outcome.
Proceeding LaVona in death was her Father, Reverend Donald Martin. She is survived by her loving husband Jeffrey of the home, hr mother, Donna Gail Martin of Ft. Wayne, IN, three children, Lindsay Bland and husband, Travis, of Stockton, MO, Michael Osborn and wife, Amanda, of Belton, Mo, Jacoby Osborn and wife, Melody, of Eudora, MO: four grandchildren Travie Jack, MellaRose, Thaddeus, and Micah; five siblings, Ronnie Martin and wife, Grace, of Fort Wayne, IN, Doneta Lawrence and husband, Glen, of Nashville, TN, Celesta Cunningham of Fulton, MO, Rachel Billington and husband, Doug, of Kirksville, MO, Doyle and wife, Heidi, of Denver, CO; Three Sister-n-laws and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Public visitation was held Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO.
Funeral services were held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Church of God Holiness with Pastor Ralph Wheeler officiating.
Burial was held at Love Cemetery in Cedar County, El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of LaVona may be made to the Church of God Holiness and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.