Lavina Strain

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Vancouver Funeral Chapel | Funeral Homes Vancouver WA
110 East 12th Street
Vancouver, WA

February 14, 1919 ~ May 16, 2018

Lavina Mills Strain, 99, of Vancouver, Washington, passed away May 16, 2018. She was born in Onega, Kansas on February 14, 1919. She loved her Valentine's Day birthday! Her parents, Otillia and Lee Valburg moved to Vancouver during the Dust Storm of 1933, where she graduated from Vancouver High School.
Lavina met and married A.S. "Pin" Mills and they raised two daughters, Jan and Joanie.
After "Pin" passed away she married F. Warren Strain and they lived in Seattle for 27 years until returning to Vancouver in 2005.
Lavina was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a devoted Christian who walked with the Lord her entire life and shined the Light of Jesus to everyone.
Lavina had a sense of adventure. She traveled the world, zip lined at age 95 and took a helicopter ride along the Oregon Coast last September. She was proud to be the pilot's oldest passenger. She was always ready to have fun!
Lavina is survived by her children, Jan Geis (Neil), Joanie Sheron (Rich), Sylvia Sizer and Philip Strain (Carolyn); 7 grandchildren, Jason Geis (Jessica), Tina Diehl (Mike), Chuck Sheron (Angie), Chad Sheron (Kim), Adam Sheron (Bree), Alyssa Rodriguez (Frank) and Shawna Davis (Mike); and 15 great-grandchildren, who all called her "Gaga".
A special thanks to Highgate Senior Living. Lavina enjoyed all the offered activities, field trips, games, special events and parties. The staff was amazing…she always referred to them as "my Angels".
Lavina lived life with grace, gusto and thanksgiving. Her goal was to reach the age of 100,
and she almost made it!
Please join us for Lavina's Celebration of Life on Monday, May 21, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th Street, Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the or Trinity Lutheran Church.
Vancouver Funeral Chapel was entrusted to arrangements.
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Published in The Columbian on May 20, 2018
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