Obituary of Lavina Giddens

Lavina Mae Giddens, age 91, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, August 13, 2021, at Girard Medical Center, Girard, KS. She was born December 17, 1929, in Hume, MO, the daughter of Joseph and Mabel Castlebury Standeford. She graduated from Ft. Scott High School. Lavina married Clinton Giddens March 7, 1950, in Eureka Springs, AR.

After many years as a housewife and mother Lavina started her second career as a file clerk with Western Insurance in Ft. Scott. She retired 19 years later as an underwriter. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, quilting, and gardening as well as the daily crossword puzzle. 

Survivors include her children, April Giddens of Prairie Village KS, Randy Giddens and wife Teresa of Ft. Scott, KS and Peggy Farmer and husband Mark of Littleton, CO: five grandchildren, Michelle Call of Hutchinson, KS, Mandy Giddens of Pittsburg, KS, Laramie Giddens of Ft. Scott, KS, Morgan Farmer of Ogden, UT, and Natalie Farmer of Littleton CO; 6 great-grandchildren, Kenton Piatt Pittsburg, KS, Devin Madison, Pittsburg, KS, Eian, Jennica and Chase Call all of Nickerson, KS, and Langdon Giddens of Ft. Scott, KS; one great-great grandchild Garyk Piatt of Springfield, MO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Giddens, eldest son, Michael Giddens, father, Joseph Standeford, and mother, Mabel Ricketts.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, August 20th, in the U. S. National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, KS. Lavina died of COVID-19.

To guard others from losing a loved one this way, and as a show of respect for Lavina, the family is asking that everyone attending her service wear a mask. 

Memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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