When Lavelle was 16 years old she moved to Texarkana, Texas and worked in a candy factory. It was in Texarkana where she met Glenn Teague and they were married. Lavelle and Glenn then moved west to Sweet Home, Ore. where Glenn worked for George Reller in his lumber mill. Two weeks before the end of World War II, Glenn and Lavelle had a baby girl and named her Glenda. Glenn, Lavelle, and Glenda then moved to Wrangell, Alaska to help the Rellers start a lumber mill and then on to Trout Creek to build another mill. The family remained in Trout Creek, where Glenn passed away in 1983. Lavelle eventually remarried Gale Lewis and remained in Trout Creek for 15 more years, before Gale was killed in a car accident. Lavelle stayed in the Trout Creek, Thompson Falls area for a few more years, until she moved to Missoula to be closer to Glenda and family.
Lavelle resided at The Springs retirement center for almost 10 years until she passed away. Lavelle was the second oldest of four girls. She is survived by her sister, Betty Brown of Eureka, Calif.; daughter, Glenda (Bill) Guldseth of Missoula; two grandchildren, Todd (Amy) Guldseth of Butte and Karla (Shawn) Smith of Helena; five great-grandchildren, Bryson and Brittany Smith of Helena and Kale, Ali and Gage Guldseth of Butte.
A memorial service will be held Monday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Springs at Missoula, 3710 American Way, Missoula.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at missoulafuneralhomes.com.