Lavelle Partlow, 92, went to be with the Lord July 31, 2018.

She was born in Pendleton, Oregon, March 11, 1926, to Myrtle and Marshall Markham. She was raised in Eastern Oregon and graduated from Irrigon High School and Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.

She is preceded in death by her husband Albert Partlow, three-month-old son Terry Partlow and another son who died at birth. She is also preceded in death by her sister Marlene Berg, nephews Ronald Berg and Rick Mills, and parents Myrtle and Marshall Markham.

Lavelle was raised in Irrigon, Oregon, with her parents and two sisters. After graduation, she traveled as a missionary. Additionally, she worked at the Army Depot in Umatilla, Oregon, and became the postmaster of Irrigon, Oregon, where she served for most of her adult life.

Lavelle was known for her musical talent and enjoyed being the church pianist for First Baptist, Hermiston First Christian, weddings, and many local events. She also served in the annual Irrigon Watermelon Festival and devoted much time to the community.

In 2008, Lavelle and her husband, Albert Partlow, moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, to be near her daughter and family. In Smyrna, she was an important part of Lancaster Academy. She helped start the academy, served in the school’s office and purchased land for the current campus. Mrs. Partlow was the piano player for Living Faith Ministries and for LifePoint’s Senior service. She played for the Smyrna Senior Center and contributed to several other local events.

In recent years, Lavelle enjoyed attending concerts of her grandson’s country band LANCO. She loved seeing Brandon debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee and attended many concerts, being the number one LANCO fan.

She was known for her love of Jesus, family, and immeasurable kindness.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Sheryl Lancaster; son-in-law Keith Lancaster; grandchildren Devon Lancaster and Brandon Lancaster; and granddaughter-in-law Tiffany Trotter Lancaster. Additional surviving relatives include a sister, Delpha Mills, and many nephews and nieces.

She will be buried with her husband and two sons in Irrigon, Oregon.

A Celebration of Life service will be held October 20, 2018, at Stokes Landing Senior Center in Irrigon, Oregon, at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the ministry she helped start and loved, Lancaster Christian Academy, Markham-Partlow Scholarship Fund, at 150 Soccer Way, Smyrna, TN 37167.

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