A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Gridley Block Funeral Chapel for Lillian (Jo) Lavell, 72 of Gridley. Lillian passed away on March 11, 2013 in Chico.
She was born April 6, 1940 in Loma Linda California, to Gene and Florence Stockman.
Jo grew up in the area of Bakersfield and then Bishop California where she attended grade and high school. She graduated from Bishop High School in 1958. After high school she attended LIFE Bible College in Los Angeles where she graduated with a degree in 1962. In college Jo met Bill Lavell and they were married in 1962. They lived in Southern California, Bishop, Sacramento and Gridley before moving to Chico in 2012. Jo was a wonderful Mother and had Brenda, Steven and Thomas. She worked as a housewife and Mother and then for many years as a sales rep. Poor health forced her retirement in 1990. Jo fought a tough and valiant battle with skin cancer and finally passed away at her home on March 11, 2013. A lot of living went into her life and into her marriage of almost 51 years. One thing that was very consistent for Jo was her love for her kids and husband and for the Lord. We are looking forward to someday joining her in heaven.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents and her son Thomas Lavell.
She is survived by her husband Bill Lavell; daughter, Brenda Lavell, both of Chico; son, Steven Lavell, of Los Angeles; two brothers, Bob (Virginia) Stockman, of Independence California and David (Jeannie) Stockman, of Yerington, Nevada; and a sister, Shirley (Bob) Schwartz, of Arlington Virginia.
Pastor Ed Stiles of the Gridley Christian Church officiate the Funeral Service.
Burial will be at the Fair Oaks Cemetery in Fair Oaks California at 1 p.m. following the Funeral Service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Gridley Block Funeral Chapel.