May 30, 2024

Lavon May Nance passed away on October 2, 2016. She was born in Scott City, on August 26, 1938 to Ted and Alma Rapier. Lavon grew up on a farm south of Marienthal with three sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Leoti High School in 1956. She married Deane Nance on May 26, 1956 in Clayton, New Mexico. Lavon and Deane made their home in Montezuma where they raised their family. Lavon took great pride in maintaining her beautiful yard and home. She was an avid antique collector but was especially fond of costume jewelry, roosters, and Raggedy Ann and Andy memorabilia.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Montezuma and was recently attending the Gospel Fellowship Church also of Montezuma.

Lavon is survived by daughter Jan Nance of Hutchinson, son Kyle Nance and fiancé Ramona Buckner of Montezuma, daughter Jodi Holmes and husband Todd of Montezuma, and grandson Grant Holmes of Lawrence. In addition, Lavon was surrounded by a large group of friends she considered family, including Jared & Mel Isaac & family, Jackie Boyd, Doug & Sharon Classen and many others. Lavon was preceded in death by her husband Deane, both parents, and a brother Eugene.

Graveside services will be held at Evans Cemetery south of Montezuma on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at Swaim Funeral Home in Montezuma on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from noon to 8:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at