Avonna Margaret Polson was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Carmen (Alfalfa Township), Oklahoma, the fourth child of Burtis Denzil and Esther (Lang) Polson. She was raised in Woods County, Oklahoma, with the exception of a few years the family spent in Idaho during the Depression. Avonna attended a country school named Redbird School near her home and later attended Dacoma High School. Avonna was active in her church and attended many family functions and her siblings' school events.
In June of 1955, Avonna moved with her mother to the Minneapolis, Minn., area where she lived with her sister, Maude Ruth and her husband Donald Watson, and their family for 10 years. Avonna worked at Goodwill Industries and in a sheltered workshop program.
Avonna and her mother returned to Oklahoma prior to their move to Le Mars in 1980. She and her mother lived in the Floyd Valley Apartments and Avonna worked at Life Skills Training Center.
She became a resident at the Abbey of Le Mars on Feb. 5, 1998. She was honored with the "Resident of the Month" in May of 1996.
Avonna was a member of the Assembly of God. She enjoyed her friends at the Abbey and liked to watch Lawrence Welk and the Gaithers, and had traveled extensively throughout the United States. Avonna also participated in the Iowa Special Olympics.
She will be lovingly remembered by her brothers, Bruce and his wife Jeanne of Olean, N.Y., and Marvin and his wife Frances of Perkins, Okla.; a sister, Maude Ruth Watson and her husband Donald of Minneapolis, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Lois Doud; and a brother-in-law Lester Doud of Wallowa, Ore.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The Rev. Dan Krause from the Assembly of God in Le Mars will officiate. Burial will follow at Rademacher (Hungerford Township) Cemetery, rural Hinton. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in Avonna's name to: Special Olympics Iowa - 551 Dovetail Road - P.O. Box 620 - Grimes, IA 50111
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com