Alumna Spotlight: Mary Lavonne Montgomery Emerson ’48

Mary Lavonne Montgomery Emerson, passed away on her 88th birthday on October 18 in Simi Valley. OLP received this news from Lavonne’s daughter-in-law, Dee Emerson who described her as a “dear mother-in-law and a remarkable mother (of eight), grandmother (of 18), great-grandmother (of 12) friend and teacher.”

A member of the Class of 1948, Lavonne graduated with honors from OLP and served as her class’s president. She was one of the first graduates to complete a Nursing Degree at Mercy Hospital and worked as a Registered Nurse in various Southern California hospitals for over 40 years, dedicating her professional life to helping to care for those in need. Dee shares: “This was truly her calling.”

LaVonne was a wonderful and strong woman who in Dee’s words , “always had a smile and a kind word to say to everyone she met. Her bright blue eyes were welcoming and always made you feel special.”

It is particularly touching and noteworthy that her daily prayer was as follows: Mighty God, Father of all, Compassionate God, Mother of all, bless every person I have met, every face I have seen, every voice I have heard, especially those most dear; bless every city, town and street that I have known, bless every sight I have seen, every sound I have heard, every object I have touched. In some mysterious
way these have all fashioned my life; all that I am I have received. Great God, bless the world.

This is the very same prayer with which the community at OLP marks the end of its school day! She was truly a devoted daughter of St. Joseph and sister alumna of OLP! Let us remember LaVonne and her family as we end our days in prayer at her beloved alma mater.