|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1913|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 2011|
LaVaun Banner Gooch, 98, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Burley, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the Silver Ridge Health Care in Las Vegas.
LaVaun was born Sept. 10, 1913, in Burley, Idaho, where she was raised on the family farm. Her parents were Samuel Banner Jr. and Harriet Annah Kidd Banner. She graduated from Burley High School during the Great Depression and desperately wanted to go to college. However, "there was no money." She married Warren F. Gooch on June 29, 1934, and they farmed in the View area prior to buying the Grandview Grocery Store in the early '50s. They then moved to a ranch in Salmon, where she worked for an attorney. She loved the ranch life. She enjoyed camping and was an avid fisherman with the area lending itself to lots of adventures. When Warren's health failed in the mid-'60s, they moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where she worked at the Nevada Test Site.
She joined the YMCA and swam 50 miles in their program. When the above photo was taken, LaVaun was 73-years-old, and had been participating in ballroom dancing where she won many trophies. She enjoyed summers spent with her family on her vacation place in Swan Valley. She was hit by a car in 1986, which ended her dancing, but she continued on with great ambition and boundless energy until a series of illnesses put her in a nursing home at the age of 94.
She is survived by her daughters, Jeanette Fillis of Seattle, Wash., and Bonnie Park of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren; her son, Tommy Gooch; and 10 brothers and sisters.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley, where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the View Cemetery.
Posted in Obituaries on Sunday, December 4, 2011
Samuel Banner (1880 - 1951)
Harriett Annah Kidd Banner (1882 - 1942)
Warren F. Gooch (1908 - 1978)
Leo Elgin Banner (1903 - 1975)*
Wallace L Banner (1910 - 1999)*
LaVaun Banner Gooch (1913 - 2011)
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