Barbara Jean La Vaque

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Barbara Jean La Vaque, 78, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
She was born July 3, 1940, in Appleton, WI, daughter of the late Ernest Eugene Moody and Emily (Quade) Moody. She grew up in Wittenberg, WI. As a high school student, she played the organ for her church in the small town of Wittenberg and accompanied the minister to play for three other Methodist churches in north central Wisconsin. After high school, she studied nursing at the Bellin School of Nursing in Green Bay, WI. She married Theodore La Vaque in Wittenberg on June 9, 1962.
Barbara worked as an RN in many capacities, at times supporting her husband Theodore as he worked his way through graduate school. She was the only RN in the hospital in the small town of Las Vegas, NM, where she covered general nursing as well as the emergency room and obstetrics. She particularly loved her experiences at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, IL; at a private obstetrics and gynecology office in a nearby suburb of Chicago; as an office RN for friends in an ophthalmology office; then working 20 years for the American Red Cross in Green Bay, WI. She retired from the Red Cross in 2007, shortly before she and Theodore moved to Crossville. In Crossville, she attended the gym at the Wellness Center in Fairfield Glade daily for many years. She was also a member of the Women's Connection and the FFG Ladies Club, as well the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, baking and playing the piano, and she loved nature, caring for her many houseplants, and feeding hummingbirds during the summer.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Theodore La Vaque of Crossville; her daughter, Danielle LaVaque-Manty (Mika); sister, Joanne Doering; stepsister Jeanette Conrad; sisters-in-law, Marie Council and Anne Winckler; brothers-in-law, Roger Doering and Peter La Vaque; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her stepmother, Estelle Moody; and sister-in-law, Judith Kearns.
Memorial services will be held at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jay Archer and Rev. Moses Han officiating.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published on May 23, 2019
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