LaVonne Fisher Murphy passed peacefully on June 28, 2020. She is survived by sons Brian and Scott (Cathy) Mackin, sister Karen (Schuyler) Graham, grandchildren Sean and Taylor Mackin and nieces Susan (Matt) Major and Sharon (John)McCabe.
LaVonne was born on October 18, 1935 and was a lifetime resident of Skaneateles, where she grew up on her family’s farm.She attended the one room schoolhouse in Mandana in her earlier school years and graduated from Skaneateles CentralHigh School. She attended SUNY Cortland and graduated with a degree in education. While there, she was cast as the lead in thecollege production of Finian’s Rainbow.
She taught second grade for many years at Waterman School in Skaneateles. She was very passionate about teaching and took great pride in the accomplishments of all of her studentsthroughout her years.
Her love of music was well known, and she could often be found playing her piano and singing. She had a great appreciation of nature and could be found searching for fossils and uniquely colored stones in the shallow water by the lake shore every summer. Her “majorette” brownies and potato salad were staples of many summer picnics at the family camp.
She was a dedicated mother and grandmother whose love and support for her family had no limits and no equal. The values, positive outlook and love she shared with us will carry on within us all for the rest of our lives. We miss you Mom. We love you.
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