LaVaughn Bernadette Nelson was born December 8, 1929, in Tracy, Minnesota to Martin and Hazel (Anderson) Nelson. After graduating high school she moved to Minneapolis, where she met and married the father of her children Fred W. Knese. The family moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota where they owned and operated a music store. Besides helping in the store LaVaughn taught piano and organ. She later moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she worked at Sears. She met her husband, Richard M. Light, in Sioux Falls, and they were united in marriage in February of 1973 in Texas. She was a devoted homemaker following her marriage. She and Dick enjoyed paying golf and traveling throughout Europe and Asia. LaVaughn died Saturday, January 1, 2005, at her home in Brainerd, Minnesota at the age of 75.
She is survived by her husband Richard; her children: Steven Knese, John (Jennifer) Knese; and Jane (Michael) O'Donnell; stepchildren: Jane (Dan) Falkenstein; Jennifer Susan Light, Paul (Sharon) Light; and Mark (Joni) Light; sisters: Sylvia (Vincent) Moline and Eunice (Charles) Swan; brothers Neal (Sharon) Nelson and Clifford Nelson; and 11 grandchildren. Her parents and a brother, Milo Nelson, preceded her in death.
Mass of Christian Burial is on Friday, January 7,2005, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Brainerd, Minnesota with Father Seamus Walsh officiating. Friends may visit at the church during the hour prior to services. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd, MN. Memorials preferred to St. Joseph's Hospice and Home Care. Arrangements by Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter, MN."