|Willine Lucella French Cavey Lanfier
May 7, 1923–December 27, 2013
|Willine Lucella (French) Cavey Lanfier, 90, passed away December 27, 2013 at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa following a battle with lung cancer.
Willine was born May 7, 1923 to William Leroy French and Millie (Wood) French at home in Wyoming. Following her graduation from high school in Wyoming she worked for Milwaukee Railroad. During her lifetime she held many jobs. She worked as a waitress, a maid in a private home, for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and for Collins Radio. For many years she assisted in the care of elderly individuals in Wyoming. She was also a Den Mother for Cub Scouts for a number of years.
Willine married Vern Cavey in 1954 and Gerald E. Lanfier in 1977. After marrying Gerald, Willine lived in Muscatine, where she was an active member of the Grange serving as the Chairwoman for the handiwork committee as well as serving on the membership committee and the social committee. She frequently entered her own crocheted and knitted creations in National Grange competition and was a National Grange finalist and winner on several occasions.
Willine is survived by many loving family members. Her four children Shelley French Davis (David), Texas, William French, Wyoming, Laverne Cavey, Colorado and Patrick Cavey (Pam) Mechanicsville. She is also survived by ten grandchildren Ann Cavey Jameson (Jack), Missouri; Jamie Cavey, Des Moines, Kelsie Cavey, New York; Jason Cavey, Iowa City, Jared Cavey, Colorado, Melissa Cavey Gurley, (Brian), Colorado, Mikaya Cavey, Colorado, Macklyn Cavey, Colorado, Morgan Davis Gieringer (Tim), Texas, Allegra Davis, Texas; three great-grandchildren Bryn Gurley, Colorado and Ella and Max Jameson, Missouri. Willine also leaves behind her sister Emily (French) Boots and her brother Emil French as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who will all miss her.
Willine had a great love of the out of doors and passed on that love of her children and grandchildren. She had large gardens of Irises and Lilies and she shared them with family and friends. She was an avid bird watcher and set up habitats at both her home in Muscatine and in Wyoming sharing her knowledge and love of birds with her family. Willine attended the Wyoming Methodist church and had served as a volunteer for their food pantry.
She loved to read and worked cross word puzzles up until her recent hospitalization. Willine loved to travel and had visited more than half of the fifty states as well as Mexico. Two of her favorite trips were attending the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and the United States Bicentennial Celebration in Washington, D.C. She was also a very avid Iowa Hawkeye Women's Basketball fan—and shared her love of the team and the sport with her grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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