LaVay M. Godber was born on December 8, 1931 on a farm near Ethan to Martin & Gladys (Swenson) Johnson. She grew up in Mitchell, graduating from Mitchell High School in 1949. Following high school she moved to Ithaca, NY where she was employed in insurance claims. She moved to Greeley, Colorado for years and then briefly in Davenport, Iowa. In 1963 she moved back to Mitchell. She married Verlyn Godber in 1965. They lived on a farm west of Letcher for twenty years. Later she moved into Letcher and managed the Letcher Villas and sold Avon products for many years. She moved to Meadowlawn Plaza in Mitchell in 2009 and in 2011 to Panama City, Florida.
She was a member of the Letcher Community Church, and the DAV Auxilary.
She is survived by her children Debra (Alton) Finklea of Latta, SC, Teresa (Robert) Woods of Orlando, FL and Joel (Linda) Godber of Panama City, FL; five grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Verlyn; parents; brother, Donald Johnson; and a granddaughter, Leah Godber.
Memorials may be directed to the Letcher Community Church,
PO Box 187, Letcher, SD 57359 in memory of LaVay Godber.