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LaVon "Barbiece" Ness

January 11, 2018

Prayer Service - Sunday

January 14, 2018
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

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January 14, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Monday

January 15, 2018
- 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Monday

January 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

LaVon "Barbiece" Ness

January 11, 2018


LaVon Barbiece Ness, 79, of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 surrounded by family members, following a brief illness.

Barbiece, as she preferred to be known, was born October 19, 1938, in Denver, CO., daughter of L B and Agnes Tapp. She grew to womanhood at various locations in the US and in several European countries, namely Germany and France, as her father was a career military member. She graduated from high school in Mascoutah, Illinois in 1956, then returned with her family for a second 3-year tour in Europe when her father was recalled to active duty and again assigned to European service.

While living in France and Germany, she studied at the American Branch of the University of Munich, Germany, and taught kindergarten at Ramstein NATO Air Force Base, West Germany, 1957-59. Upon return to the States she studied at the Airline Training Institute, Kansas City, MO and worked in reservations for Frontier Airlines.

She married H. Marvin Ness on April 8, 1961 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Denver and the couple settled in Brookings, SD for a five-year period before moving to Devils Lake, ND where they lived for nearly 40 years and raised their family of six children. During this time she worked at Ness Printing Co., and in ladies’ ready-to-wear clothing, book and music stores.

She was an avid reader and a dedicated wife and mother who suffered from debilitating arthritis most of her adult life. Among her hobbies was a love of art, music and most of all, her children’s various school and church activities. She was a long time member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, church altar societies, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and in various civic activities.

Among survivors are her husband, Marvin, of Fargo; five sons: Erik (Tammy), Ada, MN; Todd (Janell), Fargo; Tim (Tammy), Fargo; Dan (Nicole), Fargo; Jon (Kimberly), Lynchburg, VA; a daughter, Laura Ness (Steve) Owens, Fargo; a sister, Lorraine (Richard) Booker, Sienna Plantation, TX; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and various relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents.


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15 responses to “LaVon “Barbiece” Ness”

  1. Chris C says:

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all your good memories be greater than your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

  2. Rick Hern says:

    Thoughts & prayers for your family.

  3. Pam Schneider says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Ness family at the time of this great loss. I will remember Barbiece as a sweet, gentle woman with a beautiful smile and friendly nature. Gods Blessings to you all as you remember her with great love. Pam Nistler Schneider

  4. Regina Nistler says:

    Our condolences to all the family of Barbiece.

    You are in our prayers. Tom & Regina Nistler

  5. Tom & Regina Nistler says:

    Our sincere smpaththy to all of the family

  6. Tom & Regina Nistler says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all of you.
    Our prayers are with you.

  7. Tom & Regina Nistler says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all the family

    Our prayers are with you.

  8. Image and Knight Printing says:

    Todd and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your mom, you will be in our thoughts and prayers..

  9. Wade and Sue Olsen says:

    Our thoughts and prayers for all your family.

  10. Al Weiand Jr. and Rue Lechner says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We feel blessed to have known Barbiece, she always had time and a smile for everyone.

  11. Gloria M. Gustafson says:

    Marvin and family – I am so sorry to hear about Barbiece’s death – she always seemed to be such a good kind person – I hope she didn’t suffer a long time –

    Love – Your cousin, Gloria Gustafson

  12. Shelly Semerad says:

    Ness family, our deepest condolences as you say goodbye to your amazing wife/mother/grandmother. Her smile and kindness will forever be remembered. We valued that we had reconnected with her these last few years on Facebook. She will truly be missed.

    Jared, Shelly (Olson), Nathan, and Nolan Semerad

  13. Howard and Karen Ray says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  14. Lori Conroy says:

    Shane and I were so sorry to hear of your loss and wish we could have able to attend the services. Our thoughts have been often of you all over the past weeks and days. Please take care of yourselves and each other.
    Shane, Lori and Luke Conroy

  15. Lois Sewell Mesner says:

    November 16, 2021. Dear Ness Family, I was reviewing an old address book, and found Barbiece’s address of some years ago when we corresponded. We were high school classmates in Mascoutah, Illinois, and I was also an Air Force dependent. We kept in touch for many years and I think of her friendship with much admiration and gratitude. I admired her courage in facing her health challenges. I continue to visit Mascoutah, for our class reunions….I have many memories of Barbiece….she was known as “Bobbie” in our high school years, and we were very close friends. I have lived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for 50 years but value my American heritage, especially in the midwest. I watched the video on this website, and it is beautiful and very inspirational, and a wonderful tribute to Barbiece. Thank you for sharing, and I would be happy to correspond with our memories of Mascoutah. I am very sorry to hear of Barbiece’s passing, and my thoughts are with you all. As Congressional Chaplain Peter Marshall said, “those we love are with the Lord and He has promised to be with us. If they are with Him and He is with us, then the ones we love cannot be far away.”

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