Doris LaVaughn (Pierce) Lichty, 97, of Clear Lake, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021, at the MercyOne Medical Center of North Iowa.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the family of Doris LaVaughn Lichty or MercyOne North Iowa Hospice.
Doris was born on June 21, 1923 in Mason City, Iowa, her loving nicknames were Bon and Bonnie. She attended Mason City High School and Coe College. She met her husband, DeRay, of 72 years, at the Surf Ballroom. Together they had four children: Dana Lichty of Asheville, North Carolina; Brett (Barb) of Libertyville, Illinois; Dee Ray (Bev) of St. Johns, Florida and Kurt Lichty of Mason City. She was blessed with eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Christian Science was the foundation of her faith and she applied those teachings and her beliefs in every aspect of her life. She was a spirited lady and had an uncanny sense of humor that always left you with a smile on your face. Her dedication and willingness to help family and friends highlighted her life. She was loved by so many and will be deeply missed!
She worked for the Area Education Agency for over 30 years. She was a staunch supporter of women’s rights and an early advocate for equal pay in the workplace.
She loved playing the cello and played in various ensembles as well as the North Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She introduced all her children to the joy of music and tutored several students. She was also an active member of Matinee Musicale for many years and truly enjoyed her Mah Jongg group.
She lived at Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake. Her family would like to sincerely thank the entire staff for the love and wonderful care she received.