LaVonne Sarmento, 101, joined the kingdom of heaven on October 31st, 2018. She was born
Ardis LaVonne Moore on August 29, 1917 in Dinuba, California to Hazel Alice Kirkland and
PJ Moore. She is predeceased by her older brother Darrell Moore, a Pearl Harbor Survivor,
whom she loved and looked up to her entire life. As a child she was very ill and spent months
in the hospital. That is where she developed a love for reading. Her mother passed on the
love of nature and wildflowers as they camped a lot throughout California during her
childhood. She also dearly loved her stepfather, Howard Golden.
LaVonne met Alvin Sarmento in high school in Sacramento, CA and they were married on July
2, 1937. Alvin worked construction and they moved around a lot but she learned to garden
and always had a thriving one wherever they lived. LaVonne and Alvin had two daughters,
Liane Wilson of Seattle, WA and Karen Sarles (John) of San Jose, CA. Together, LaVonne and
Alvin built their custom redwood home in Millbrae, CA where she resided for over forty one
years. Together, they also built a custom cabin in Kingvale, CA where they enjoyed spending
holidays and having the extended family visit.
After retiring from General Motors and after Alvin’s passing in 1981, LaVonne kept herself
very busy in Millbrae volunteering with many organizations, helping out her family and
friends and serving as President of the Millbrae AARP chapter. She received numerous
recognitions and was even voted Millbrae’s Woman of the Year.
She later moved to Sunriver, OR where she resided for over seventeen years. It was there in
her seventies that she learned to operate a computer and send e-mails, keeping her in touch
with family and friends. Since she gave up her garden in Millbrae for the beautiful scenery,
wildlife and snowy winters, she kept herself busy reading, crocheting, knitting, sewing and
learning to use an embroidery machine as well as testing out numerous recipes she’d find
from watching the Food Network or from new cookbooks. She was the original Martha
Stewart. She would copy recipes that she thought the family would enjoy and was always
mailing them out for all of us to try.
The entire family went on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate her ninetieth birthday. Not long after
that, she moved to San Jose, CA where she lived for over ten years. She loved the Kennedy
family and followed politics well into her nineties. CNN was always on the television when
we stopped by for a visit. If it wasn’t, she was watching the San Francisco Giants during
LaVonne will forever hail as the loving matriarch of our family and, in addition to her
daughters Liane Wilson and Karen Sarles (John), she leaves behind her granddaughters Sherri
Laveroni (Jeff) of Gilroy, CA, Lori Rossi (Gino) of Los Gatos, CA, Lisa Wilson Armstrong
(Myles) of Seattle, WA and her grandson Christian Wilson of Seattle, WA. She also will forever
be missed by her great grandchildren Justin and Olivia Laveroni of Gilroy, CA and Ireland and
Jameson Cohrs of Seattle, WA. LaVonne also leaves behind numerous in-laws and nieces and
A service is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th, at noon in the Assumption chapel at Holy
Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Rd, Colma, CA 94014.