LaVae was born to Lawrence and Lucille Wright in Cortez, CO. She was the oldest of five siblings.
LaVae grew up in Blanding, UT where she was very outgoing and active in school and community activities. She graduated from San Juan High School in 1947.
LaVae went on to attend Dixie College in St. George, UT ,where she was Head Cheerleader, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
While at Dixie College, her talents were discovered by “The Skylarks,” a popular group that toured the country performing very daring and dangerous high-wire trapeze acts.
She toured many southern states performing in front of large crowds, sometimes causing folks to faint. She was very proud of those accomplishments and enjoyed the experience very much.
As fate would have it, after touring with The Skylarks and attending BYU for a time, she was beckoned back to her hometown roots of Blanding, where she was pursued, quite persistently, by the man who would become the love of her life and eternal companion, Lyman Nielson Redd.
They married on May 8, 1951 in the Manti, UT temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lyman and LaVae lived in Blanding until after their first son, Jerry, arrived. The family then moved to Parker, AZ and then Holtville and El Centro, CA, where Kelly, Michael, Bruce, Becky and Beverly were all born.
Kelly was born premature and left this earth after only a few short hours.
Mom and Dad were very active in their community and church.
Mom loved to bowl and sing. She sang with the church choir and was the only non-professional singer to join the “Ray Casey Corral”, a professional singing group.
LaVae served many callings in the LDS church, her favorite being Primary Chorister. She was able to share her talents and deep love and appreciation for music with hundreds of children over many years.
Her love of music would eventually rub off on Dad who, after 64 years of marriage and “never having sung a note in his life”, was coerced into singing her to sleep every night with “You are my sweetheart.”
She would say “Ah, that was nice. Sing it again!” True love!
Mom and Dad were instrumental in organizing a new branch of the LDS church while in California. They made many friends of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, many of whom they maintained contact with after moving back to Blanding in 1968 to be closer to family.
Mom also had a genuine love and respect for our Native American neighbors. She and Dad helped foster, raise and care for several children, welcoming them and their families into our home.
Mom and Dad were Stake Missionaries for the White Mesa Branch for 14 years. They thoroughly enjoyed this calling, working with, teaching, learning from and cultivating relationships with the folks on the Mesa and reservation. These were, and are, some of their closest friends.
Mom had many health challenges throughout her life. She was finally released from this world and her pain and suffering, passing away peacefully in her sleep on September 11, 2015.
Mom, the Lord surely broke the mold when he made you. You will be dearly missed. May you rest in peace.
LaVae is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Lyman Redd; children Jerry (Beverly) Redd, Michael (Shan) Redd, Bruce (Denise) Redd, Rebecca Redd and Beverly Schenk; siblings LaMar (Hyra) Wright, Mildred (Jack) Seitz, Beverly (Ralph) Day, sister-in-law Linda Wright; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
LaVae is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Lucille Wright; son, Kelly Redd; brother, Melvin Wright and son-in-law, Allen Schenk.
Card of thanks
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Josh Nielson and the staff at Blue Mountain Hospital for the extraordinary loving care they extended to Mom during her difficult last days.