In Memory of




Obituary for LaVette M. Nolan

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God”

LaVette M. Nolan was born on June 5, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to the union of William and Ruth Hunter. She was the older sister to Lana Coleman. Michael Cannon, her son; William and Ruth Hunter; parents, Raymondo Alexander: grandson; along with her loving and dedicated stepfather, Sylvester Johnson preceded her in death. LaVette made her transition from this life into eternal rest on Monday, August 8, 2022.

At an early age LaVette accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at Zion Temple Baptist Church. She loved singing in the church’s choir. In later years she joined Christ Universal Temple and was an active member until her passing.

She attended and graduated from Francis E. Willard Elementary School and DuSable High School where she excelled on the honor roll and maintained perfect attendance throughout her education. LaVette also held the position of Class Secretary. While attending DuSable High School, she was in the school’s choir and she also performed in a group known as The High Fives. LaVette had a velvety and versatile voice as she sang alto and tenor.

After graduation, LaVette attended the College of Automation where she earned her certification in key punching. LaVette was employed at Illinois State Medical Society in Administration where she provided a variety of administrative services. Although LaVette was magnificent at operating numeric and alphabetic keypunch machines, she always had a love for teaching and an aspiration to become a school teacher. After her retirement, LaVette fulfilled her love for teaching by caring for and educating her children, grandchildren, nieces, great niece and nephews. LaVette was caring, nurturing and compassionate but also firm in her demeanor as the family referred to her as “The General”.

In 1967, LaVette met the love of her life, Donald aka Don Nolan. They had a short courtship which blossomed into 55 years of a delightful marriage. Their love was displayed and manifested to their children, Michael and VaLette Cannon-Crossley. LaVette had a sincere love for dancing, specifically line dancing. She was agile and nimble on the dance floor where she met weekly with The Classy Line Dancers at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center.

The memory of our precious and beloved family matriarch will be cherished by her loving husband, Don; daughter: VaLette Cannon-Crossley; grandchildren: Bria Crossley and Mikiael Cannon; sister: Lana Coleman (Cecil); nieces: Lyn Holley and Tara Washington (Ken); great niece: Milan Jackson; great nephews: Hunter Holley and Mazonne Jackson; great great niece: Jersey Pughsley; One special sister-in-law: Doris McKinney; one special cousin: Ellen Dotson (Robert); and a host of other cousins, relatives, and many dear friends.
In lieu of monetary, floral and food donations, the family is requesting that donations be made in recognition of Mrs. Nolan to Elements Cheer Scholarship Fund. You may Zelle to elementsrec1@gmail or mail checks made payable to Elements Cheer @ 12104 S. Justine Chicago, 60643.

I am so lucky to have had her as my grandmother. Her love was truly unconditional and she will forever be missed. Heaven just received an angel and I’m sure my dad was the first to greet her when she got there.
Love, Mikiael

Baby, you were the light of my life and your love still shines bright. The memories we shared comfort me every day. Although you are no longer with me in life I still feel your love. I honor our life together by focusing on the joy we shared. Until we are together again! Love Always,
Your Loving Husband,