LaVina C. Fuller

Sep 27, 2021
Fuller, LaVina orig


Memorial Services will be Wednesday 1:00 PM ., October 6, 2021 at Prairie Lakes Church, Cedar Falls.


Visitation will be 11:30 AM until time of service at Prairie Lakes Church, Cedar Falls.



Inurnment will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery in Cedar Falls.


Memorials may be sent to Prairie Lakes Church, Cedar Falls, IA and Cedar Valley Hospice, Waterloo, IA.


LaVina C. Fuller passed away on Monday, September 27th at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, IA. She was born on February 19, 1937 in Sheridan, Wyoming, daughter of John and Ruth (Carroll) Driskill. She grew up in Sheridan, completing all her school years there as well as her first year of college at Sheridan Junior College.

She then headed to Nebraska by train to continue her education at Hastings College.  Upon arrival a handsome student representing Hastings College named Maurice “Mort” Fuller welcomed LaVina at the train station and escorted her to the college campus where the rest is history. Mort spent many family dinners re-telling the story of when he first met the love of his life, “Viney.” They were married on August 25, 1958 and were married 56 ½ years until Mort’s passing in May of 2015.

LaVina completed her BA in education by attending Morningside College in the summers between school years. Mort and LaVina lived and taught in many Midwest school districts including Hastings, NE, Carson, Mapleton and Sloan, Iowa.  They eventually moved back to Sheridan where they continued raising their three sons and where LaVina resumed teaching and then retired from a 29 year teaching career in 1994, along with Mort.

After retiring, Mort and LaVina built a log home on family land in the mountains of Story, Wyoming. Story became a beautiful and serene spot for family vacations for the entire family with abundant memories packed into that special season of their lives. In 2009, due to Mort’s heart condition and through a desire to be closer to their three sons, Mort and LaVina moved back to the Midwest, making their home in Cedar Falls, IA. They wintered in Corpus Christie, TX and Palm Springs, CA and enjoyed visiting friends and family.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Kevin (Karyn) Fuller of Franklin, TN, Doug (Sandi) Fuller of Overland Park, KS, and John (Kay) Fuller of Cedar Falls, IA; her 8 grandchildren, Melissa (Tony) Czech of TN, Lindsey (Todd) Hurst of CT; Brock (Laura) Fuller of TN, Jackson Fuller and Mackenzie Fuller of KS; Allyson (Chris) Latta, Shane (Brynn) Fuller, and Karly (Ben) Fessler, all of IA; and her 14 great-grandchildren (13 great-grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter!); sister, Ruth Faye (Doug) O’Neal; brother-in-law, Richard (Bev) Fuller; sisters-in-law, Sandra Rea, Karen Mellott, Verona Fuller and Judy (Bob) Thomas.    

LaVina was preceded in death her husband, Mort; brothers-in law, Everett Fuller, and Bruce Fuller; and one sister-in-law, Barb Fuller. 

She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom she said “Yes” to at an early age. She was baptized on January 17, 1946, in First Baptist Church of Sheridan, Wyoming, and she began every morning with her Bible and prayer time. She loved being a member of Prairie Lakes Church. She was known for her quiet strength, her dedication to family, her quick-and sometimes, unexpected-wit, and for all the favorites she would make for her kids and grandkids including smokey pie, monkey bread, cinnamon bread, and homemade macaroni and cheese. She loved creating her own cards and expressing her love and appreciation to people through her cards. She was an avid KC Royals fan and shared this special bond with her KC family. She loved any kind of family gathering and holding her great-grandchildren and watching them play.

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  1. Sally Carroll | Oct 09, 2021
    Spent so many happy times with Mort and Lavina as part of a very large and loving Carroll family.  In 1996 they hosted our family reunion at their beautiful home in Story. There were 88 of us in attendance that day.   Was privileged to share with her families in Iowa this past week honoring this wonderful woman we all loved.  Also with her sister and brother in law from California. Three sons, three daughters in laws, grandchildren & spouses and 14 great grandchildren were also in attendance.  She and Mort have left a wonderful legacy and it was my privilege to know and love them both.
  2. Mark Carroll | Oct 02, 2021
    LaVina was part of a big loving family in Wyoming before she started her last chapter in Iowa. Memories of her standing behind the kitchen counter in her beautiful home in Story, Wyoming, on the creek, welcoming us for gatherings of food and laughter, bring a smile.  She had a 1000 watt smile and was so warm. Her strength and prayers bore fruit in a family dedicated to the Lord. She will be missed here on earth, but what a life she lived. 
  3. David Nordyke | Oct 01, 2021
    No matter what age you are, losing your mom is a heart wrenching episode in ones life. My extreme condolences to the sons and the familes that have been left behind. LaVina was a special person. She lived a life outwardly that reflected her inner faith. Her love for God and his Son, Jesus Christ was evident in her words and being. She will be missed and the void of her prescence will be felt. May her legacy live on in her three sons and their families. May God bless the Fuller families.
  4. Annette | Oct 01, 2021

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Fuller family during this difficult time! ❤️ I had the pleasure of knowing LaVina through her visits to Dermatology Associates in Waterloo. She was a beautiful and compassionate person whom brightened my day on many occasions. We had multiple conversations about the rugged beauty if Wyoming which fanned the flame of my love of adventure and the Great Outdoors! She will definitely be missed! May God’s presence bring you peace and comfort during this time!

    Annette Geary

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