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Mary  Murphy02/15/2005
Laveeda Mary (Murphy) Stowell, age 89 of Maplewood, MN, formerly of Tracy, MN was born November 3, 1915 in Marion County, IA to Charles and Nannie (Waits) Murphy.

Laveeda and Shirley John Stowell were united in marriage on November 30, 1933. He was born March 11, 1911 and passed away on July 15, 1970 in Lyon County, Minnesota.

Laveeda was the beloved mother of Barbara Stowell, Carol (Robert) Wood, Alan (Dorothy) Stowell, and Sheila Stowell; proud grandmother to Scott, Kim, Eric, Jason, Shane, Gregg, Lee, Susan and Sharon; and great-grandmother to Jay, Nick, Amy, Chris, Ben, Nate and Mya. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Laveeda was a long-time member and active volunteer at the Tracy Alliance Church, serving in various capacities as Church and Sunday School Secretary, Deaconess, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, and as the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship President. In her retirement years, she also served with the Tracy Hospital Auxiliary.

Due to failing health, after over 70 years in Tracy, Laveeda moved to a senior apartment complex in St. Paul (Maplewood), MN in February of 2001 to be closer to her daughters.

Laveeda died at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at the age of 89 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Shirley; three sisters, Mildred Marrall, Fern Clark and Mae Umble; and two brothers, Asberry Murphy and John (Jay) Murphy.