LaVonne Fay Fuller


LaVonne Fay Fuller, 67 of Cottage Grove died Nov. 6, 2017 from brain cancer.

She was born Nov. 6, 1950 in Cottage Grove to Arnold and Martha (Cleveland) Dobson.

She graduated with the class of 1968 from Cottage Grove High School and received an Associate's degree from Southern Oregon State College.

LaVonne married Tony Earl Fuller in Cottage Grove on March 22, 1970 after meeting in the eighth grade. LaVonne was deep rooted in her Native American heritage. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, LaVonne loved a good pow wow, her extended reservation family, as well as beading and sewing.

She worked for South Lane School District in food service, retiring after 25 years, and was known as one of the biggest Lion fans in town. She often sold tickets to football and soccer games, coordinated the concession stands at the volleyball matches and basketball games, and most of the time would just attend any sporting event to support the school.

Free time was always spent with the man she always called the “Love of her Life”. Tony and LaVonne could be seen in town cruising their 1956 Chevy Bel Air to tons of community events like the CG Rodeo, the CG Classic Car Show ‘n’ Shine, or sometimes just a cruise around the lakes with the windows down.

She prided herself in raising her three sons, Keith, Kurtis, and Tony Aaron as well as being a strong influence to her beloved nephew Blake. LaVonne was always very proud of all of her nieces and nephews.

LaVonne and Tony were known to head to Burns, Oregon to spend time with LaVonne’s five siblings for hunting season, a family wedding, or a niece or nephew’s high school graduation. She prided herself in sharing love for her daughters-in-law, Laela and Cheri, and the four grandchildren they blessed her with. Whether it was classmates from high school, friends from her volleyball league, co-workers or other work colleagues, all her relations who lived on her Indian reservation or people she interacted with in the Cottage Grove community, she always had time in her life for anyone who considered her one of their friends or family.

Survivors include her husband, Tony E. Fuller of Cottage Grove, her father, Arnold Dobson of Forest Grove, Ore., children, Keith J. Fuller of Cottage Grove, daughter-In-law Laela (McCready) Fuller of Cottage Grove, Kuris W. Fuller of Portland, Ore., daughter-In-law Cheri (Serano) Fuller of Portland, Ore., Tony Aaron Fuller of Cottage Grove, nephew, Blake Fuller of Cottage Grove, three brothers, Glenn Dobson of Burns, Ore., Marty Dobson of Omak, Wash., and Duane Dobson of Burns, Ore., two sisters, LaVerne Hoodie and LaNette Humphrey, both of Burns, Ore., and four grandchildren.

On Nov. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. a Celebration of Life will take place at the Cottage Grove High School Cafetorium. Burial will be at Fir Grove Cemetery.