May 13, 1917- Jan. 11, 2011
Lavina J. Meyer was born May 13, 1917, to Franklin M. Watson Sr.
and Mary Worden Watson, at the farm of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Albin in Gardena, Wash. The first of eight children, she was raised in Gardena, where she attended her first eight years of schooling, then she attended high school in Touchet, graduating in 1935 with honors.
She met her husband, Albert A. Meyer, at the Monich Ault Dairy, where both were employed. They were married on July 15, 1938, and both were employed by George and Gladys Gray and lived all their married life on a farm they purchased in Gardena. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack at their home on April 3, 1967.
She was employed at the Touchet Mercantile, Rogers Cannery and the Bee Hive Department Store. She was the Touchet correspondent for the Waitsburg Times for 32 years. She was active in the Touchet Grange, working many hours at the Grange concession booth at the fair, Walla Walla County Pomona and a member of the Walla Walla County Extension,
where she was Homemaker of the Year in 1987. She belonged to the Gardena Community Club, a charter member of the Blue Mountain Nomad Camper Club, a past member of the Marcus Whitman Gem Mineral
Society. Her flowers and yard were her pride, and she spent many hours working there. She and son, Albert, traveled to many areas of the United States.
She is survived by her son, Albert F. Meyer of Touchet; two sisters, Betty Watson Lythgoe (Bill) of Walla Walla and Juanita Rose Watson Berglund of Pasco; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Paul; four brothers, Cecil Watson, William (Bill) Watson, Gene Watson and Frank (Bud) Watson; and one sister, Henrietta Hermanns.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan.
18, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church. Vault interment will follow the service at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Touchet Educational Foundation through the funeral home.