Mary Elizabeth Lavette Newsom
March 28, 1926  -  August 18, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Lavette Newsom

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home
500 W Barton Avenue
Temple, TX  76501
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
6 - 8 pm
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Funeral Service
Harper-Talasek Funeral Home
500 W Barton Avenue
Temple, TX  76501
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
10:00 am
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Bellwood Memorial Park
8575 Airport Road
Temple, TX  76504
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Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH  45250

Mary Elizabeth Lavette Newsom, 92, of Belton, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Wednesday, August 22 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with Pastor Mike McMurtry officiating. Burial will follow at Bellwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, August 21 at the funeral home.

Mary was born March 28, 1926 to John W. and Annie (Payne) Vannatta in Pendleton, Texas. A loving and involved mother, she delighted in making pies, especially pineapple and pecan. She also enjoyed spending time at the Central Texas Sportsman Club with family and friends where she was an honorary lifetime member. She loved the Frito Pie at VFW #1820, where she played Bingo. Mary was known for her dry sense of humor and her ability to treat so many as family, considering many her children. She was a member of Heights Baptist church and greatly enjoyed playing bingo.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, John L. Lavette; second husband, Raymond E. Newsom; brother, J.C. Vannatta; and sisters, Leah Jennings and Catherine Carr.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her brother, Ellis P. Vannatta; sister, Johnnie May Hobbs; and daughter, Rita S. Lavette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. David & Belinda Distefano
    Gretna, NE

    Rita, we are so sorry for your loss of your mother. You are such a wonderful person as I know your mom was too. We miss you very much and cannot wait to move down there for good. If you need anything please call me.
    Love you and take care.
    From us in Nebraska....

  2. Roseline
    Austin, TX

    Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of great need. Love -Rosellne

  3. lanelle richards
    belton, TX

    sorry for your loss, your in my prayers and thoughts

  4. Gilbert Joyce Selucky
    Temple, TX

    Sorry for your loss my dear Rita. We are keeping you in our prayers. Your mom was a sweet lady and taught you well. Hugs from us.

  5. Lisa Pierce
    Temple, TX

    Rita, we love you very much and just know your mama is dancing around in heaven with your daddy, and everyone else she has lost in this life. She is feeling no pain and she is your new Angel in heaven! Love you, Lisa, Shane and girls.

  6. Claudia
    Temple, TX

    Mom will be missed

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