LaVonn Evelyn Schier went to be with her Lord the morning of May 30, 2016. She leaves to cherish her memories her son, John Schier and his wife Shirley; her grandson Mark Schier his wife Robin and his mother Mary Jane Schier; great-grandsons, Ethan and Ryan Schier; as well as other family and friends.
Born Nov. 15, 1916 in Sealy, the son of Frank Jousan, Jr. and Mae (Solomon) Jousan, LaVonn, with her family, moved to Houston where she spent her early years, attending Houston public schools, until moving back to Sealy in 1932 for her senior high school year. LaVonn graduated from Sealy High School in 1933.
During her high school senior year, LaVonn met the love of her life, Oscar Schier, a student at Texas A&M. They were secretly married on Nov. 4, 1933 by what was called the “Marrying Preacher” in Hempstead, and remained secretly married until Oscar finished his degree at Texas A&M in 1935. Oscar and LaVonn established residency in Sealy after Oscar’s graduation and remained married for 75 years until Oscar passed on May 27, 2009. The union produced their only child, son John Schier, born Jan. 14, 1939.
World War II began on or about Dec. 7, 1941 and husband Oscar entered the service to his country as a 1st Lieutenant on March 6, 1942. While Oscar served in the Pacific Theater, LaVonn and her son lived with her parents in a Humble Oil & Refining Company camp in Dickinson and LaVonn served on the home front by working at Camp Wallace and at the Pan American refinery in Texas City. LaVonn and Oscar moved back to Sealy in early 1946 after Oscar returned from World War II.
Upon returning to Sealy, LaVonn helped her husband establish Schier Beverage Company, a bottling plant on Sixth Street in Sealy that manufactured and sold soft drinks and subsequently distributed various brands of beer during the mid-1950s. In the early 1950s, LaVonn established and opened LaVonn’s Variety & Gifts, a variety store on Fowlkes Street in downtown Sealy. She owned and managed this store until late in that decade.
From early childhood, LaVonn always had a knack for styling hair. Thus, in 1959, at the age of 43, LaVonn began cosmetology school at Isabel Powell Beauty College in Houston, graduating from that college in 1960. Since her husband, Oscar, had begun a career as a chemist with Cameron Iron Works in 1958, they relocated to the west side of Houston where LaVonn began her cosmetology career in 1960.
After working in two beauty salons in the Memorial area in Houston, LaVonn, in 1963 with the help of her husband and son, began the establishment of a chain of beauty salons in the Memorial and Champions areas of Houston named LaVonn’s Salons of Beauty. Beginning with LaVonn’s Wick Lane, the chain added LaVonn’s Lantern Lane, LaVonn’s Salon de Seville, LaVonn’s at Memorial and Kirkwood, LaVonn’s on Fondren and the last salon in 1969, LaVonn’s Northwest in the Champions area.
One of the achievements that LaVonn enjoyed most was mentoring those hair stylists that the LaVonn’s organization brought from Scandinavian and European countries to work in LaVonn’s Salons of Beauty. Hair Stylists such as Leif Christiansen, who has served on the Texas State Board of Cosmetology and has been a successful salon owner and instructor for over 36 years in the Champions area, started with LaVonn. Other stylists, such as Inge (Bundgaard) Atkins and Anni Kiszkiel, who came to America and worked with LaVonn, realized both professional and personal family success. Each called LaVonn “their American mom.”
LaVonn ended her cosmetology career in 1984 and with husband, Oscar, retired to their home in Afton Village in Houston where they lived together, in love, until moving into the home of their son and his wife in March 2004. Until entering the Memorial Hermann Katy hospital on April 6, 2016, LaVonn, with her family, enjoyed watching on television, her beloved Texas A&M sports teams, the Houston Texans football team, the Astros baseball team, and NASCAR racing.
During her time in Sealy, LaVonn was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Sealy, and a charter member of the Sealy High School Band Mother’s Club and the American Legion Post 442 Auxiliary. After entering cosmetology, LaVonn became a member of various professional beauty associations.
LaVonn is the last of her family to go be with her Lord. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, three brothers and her grandson, Chris Schier.