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Ernestine LaVan Thompson

Memorial for Ernestine LaVan Thompson

Born in Milano, Texas on Apr. 30, 1929
Departed on Feb. 20, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
09:00 am - 6:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
2:00 pm
Cemetery: Milano Cemetery
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Ernestine Lavan Thompson was born in Milano, Texas on April 30, 1929, the second child of the late John and Essie Lee Lavan.

Ernestine attended school in the Milano Independent School District in Milano, Texas. She graduated from Harnsbury High School in 1947. Soon after graduating, she moved to Austin, Texas where she enrolled at Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson University). She graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Education. She was also a member of Alpha Beta Kappa.

Ernestine was employed with the Austin Independent School District for many years, primiarily serving as an auditor for the district. In 1963, she received her certification from the Texas Board of Education to teach all grades. With the desire to advance her career, she relocated to Battle Creek Michigan.

Upon settling in Michigan, she began her employment career at the Calhoun Intermediate School District. For several years, she was the director of the summer school program. She enrolled in the University of Michigan and graduated in 1976 with a Master's of Arts in Education. She maintained and graudated with a 4.0 GPA. In 1975, from UOM, she also received a certification for leadership development, vocational and techinical education. She also earned a certification to teach handicapped children from Western Michigan University in 1961.

Ernestine united with Goodwill Baptist Church at an early age under the pastorage of Rev. A. W. Ray. In 1951 Ernestine married Harold Thompson and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan where she resided until 1990. After relocating to Pflugerville, Texas, she joined First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas where she was a faithful member. She was also a dedicated member of the Order of Eastern Star and the American Revolution.

Until her retirement in 2002, she served her community faithfully doing all she could to preserve the history of the church and community through her work on the Texas Historical Commission and the W. H. Passon Historical Society. In 2003, as an individual owner, Ernesting founded the Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum. She held the dual role of founder and President of the foundation. Her work was recognized with various prestigious citations and awards including the Community Service Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution on May 21, 2006. She also served on the committee of the North Austin Community Association where she helped to improve neighborhood watch programs.

Ernestine departed this life on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in her home in Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold and one sister, Joyce Lavan Thomas.

She leaves to cherish her memory three loving brothers, Johnnie Lavan, Jr. (late Naomi) of Temple, Texas, Willie Lavan of Cameron, Texas, and Leroy Lavan of Houston, Texas, a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. A devoted nephew and niece, Gary and Rebecca Moore.

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