A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Christian and Baptist Church of Mountain Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Lavella was born April 5, 1942, in Winner, S.D., the daughter of Seveart and Frances Myres.
She attended New Plymouth High School and had various jobs, at Ore-Ida, as a waitress, and as a Wal-Mart greeter.
She married Jim Jarvis on Nov. 4, 1959. Together they lived in Oregon, Payette and Cascade. They had two children, Marilyn and Rick. They were divorced in 1980.
On May 17, 1986, Lavella married her friend and partner, Bob Bash, and they remained married until her death.
Lavella liked to interact with people, her family said. "She had a fine gift of seeing people for who they really were and making them feel loved and understood. She was always earnest and thought of others' comfort before her own," her family noted, adding, "when she was able, she loved to hostess parties and get-togethers at their home. She enjoyed playing card and board games, computer, sewing, sea watching, and people watching. When she was able, she worked with the Missionettes Girls' Club and teaching Sunday School."
Lavella is survived by: her husband, Bob Bash; her daughter, Marilyn, and her husband, David Kellerman, of Mountain Home; her son, Rick, and his wife, Monique Jarvis; a former son-in-law, Miguel Ramirez; her four grandchildren; her step-grandchildren; her sisters, Shirley Pearson, Naomi Perdue, and Beverly Shultz; her brother, Bob Myres; and brother-in-law and sister in-law Bill and Evelyn Sanders.
She was preceded in death by both her parents; two brothers, Daryl Myres, and Delmar Myres; and a sister, Velda Newbold.