|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1868|
|Death: ||May 26, 1959|
Lavinia Lenoir, the daughter of Slater Lenoir and Margaret Ann Bradford Lenoir, was born in Boone County Missouri. Lavinia was a graduate of Christian College a female school for girls that was located in Columbia, MO.
Lavinia was married to Dr. Frank G. Nifong 07 Feb 1900 and lived in St. Louis until 1905. Upon moving to Columbia, the couple lived at Maplewood in the house that her father, Slater, built and Dr. Nifong set up his practice in Columbia. They had no children.
Obit: Columbia Daily Tribune
"Mrs. Frank G. Nifong, the former Miss Lavinia Lenoir, philanthropist and a descendant of prominent Boone County families, died at the age of 90 at 4 o'clock this morning at Boone County hospital where she had been a patient since June 1956.
Mrs. Nifong had been at Boone County Hospital since she tractured her hip in a fall at her home, Maplewood Farm, about two miles South of here on Highway 63.
She was married to the late Dr. Nifong, one of the founders of the hospital where she died. On 07 Feb 1900 at St. Louis where Dr. Nifong was a surgeon, they were married. After an extended Southern honeymoon trip, the couple returned to St. Louis where they lived until May 31, 1905, when they moved back to her family home, Maplewood Farm, and he too up the practice of medicine here. He died 04 July 1955.
They had no children, Nearest surviving relatives of Mrs. Nifong are three cousins, Alex Bradford of 1111 East Broadway, Mrs. Berry McAlester of 1 South Country Club Drive and Slater Bouchelle of Hallsville.
She was born here Novermber 15, 1868, the daughter of the late Slater and Margaret Ann Bradford Lenoir, and edicated at Christian College.
Mrs. Nifong gave $100,000 and 172 acres of land on which the Lenoir home for the aged is located to establish it in 1949. Before Dr. Nifong's death she had given another $100,000 to the home. She and her husband also gave $100,000 toward the construction of the Nifong Wing at Boone County hospital in 1953.
She was the granddaughter of Walter Raleigh Lenoir, son of a a North Carolina Revolutionary war general, who came to Boone County in 1834 and built the old W.W. Fuqua home on Mexico Gravel road, which is still standing.On her mother's side, she was descended from the Frandford family also prominent in Boone County History.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of America, and the Missouri State Historical Society.
Known to her late husband and friends as "Miss Lavinia," she had spent most of her last three years in the hospital reading--frequently without her glasses--and receiving visitors.
Funeral services will be Thursday at Parkers's chapel at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the family lot in Columbia cemetery. Dr. Edwin Miller of the Lenoir Home on Highway 63, South, of which Mrs. Nifong was the principal founder, and Dr. C. E. Lemmon, pastor of the First Christian Church, of which she was a life long member, will officiate. The body will be at Parker's until time for the services."
(bio by: Bette Keene Scavone)
Slater Ensor Lenoir (1833 - 1929)
Margaret Ann Bradford Lenoir (1833 - 1928)
Frank Gosney Nifong (1867 - 1955)
Note: Lavinia was the daughter of Slater Ensor Lenoir & Margaret Bradford Wife of DR. Frank Nifong
Created by: Leni Logan
Record added: Apr 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19050851