LaVonda Marie St. Clair was born March 8th, 1981 in Marvell, Arkansas to Ruthie and Roosevelt (Tony) St. Clair, Jr. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mammie Johnson; paternal grandfather, Roosevelt C. St. Clair and uncle, Charles Johnson.
She attended the Kansas City Kansas Public School System where she graduated from F.L. Schlagle High School in 1999. Her childhood church home that she forever loved was Pentecostal Power House in Kansas City, Kansas.
When the trumpet sounded, it was no surprise that God called her home on her absolute favorite holiday, July 4th, 2020. We all knew LaVonda could not leave this earth quietly, bu had to go out with one last bang!
She was a bright light that pierced through darkness, enlightening all in her presence. Her contagious laugh and tell it like it is personality could not be denied. LaVonda dared to only live a life filled with courage and great strength. From birth to thirty-nine years of age, she lived with sickle cell anemia but always put up a fight. Her choice to laugh every day made it hard to believe she lived with a life threatening disease. When all the odds, science and medical reports were stacked against her, she believed God. She was given a fifty-fifty chance of life near the age of ten, but God! In adulthood, she was told if she attempted to have children, she could die, she was blessed to birth two beautiful children, Da'Na and Tommie Abernathy. She went through two life threatening brain surgeries and walked out of the hospital as if it was just another procedure. God's fingerprints have been all over her life from the very beginning.
One of her greatest gifts was her compassion for people. She lived a life serving others. She loved children and especially the elderly. After graduating from F.L. Schlagle High School in Kansas City Kansas, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant through Medicalodges, Inc. Most recently, she lovingly cared for elderly patients in their homes. Her life's dream since a young child was to become a doctor.
LaVonda's journey of thirty-nine years, in the eyes of man may seem too short, but it is not the age in which we die that counts most but what you did with the years you lived. Each walking day she lived life unapologetically embracing every moment. Out of all her ambitions and desires in life LaVonda was sure of one thing, that when she met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ she wanted to hear HIM say, "Well done my good and faithful servant". She would always say, "I just want to make it in!" Though July 4th, 2020 marks the day her life ended on this earth we find joy knowing that she now lives outside of the confines of time and pain, safe in her Savior's arms.
LaVonda leaves to cherish her memory and legacy: her son Tommie Abernathy; her daughter Da'Na Abernathy; mother Ruthie St. Clair; father Roosevelt St. Clair, Jr. (Kerrisha); siblings LaVerne Williamson (Corey), LaTrice St. Clair (Derrek), Jaquan St. Clair and Brooklyn St. Clair; grandmother Pearl Marie St. Clair; aunts and uncles Denese Randle (Willie), Lily Johnson, Terry Barber, Brenda Miner (Lloyd) and Jessie Johnson; nieces and nephews Le'Andrea St. Clair, D'Costa Findley, Derricka Findley, CJ Williamson, Ciera Williamson, Cayla Williamson, La'Mont Findley and Danique Findley; great niece Journie Marie Kirkendolph; cousins Mark Piggee, Charles Randle (Diana), Mamie Johnson, Lloyd Isaiah Miner, III, Rickey Ray Miner, Tiffany Johnson, Ricky Johnson, Jaynessha James, Kaleethya James, Cordell Johnson, Rosie Johnson and Will Johnson; and a host of other loving cousins...
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