LaVeda Wahweotten 1939-2022

LaVeda Wahweotten 1939-2022

LaVeda Lorene Wahweotten, 83, of Mayetta, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.

She was born April 18, 1939, in Delia, the daughter of Charles K. and Lillian C. (Shoptese) Thomas.

LaVeda worked for many years at Jostens Yearbook in Topeka. She was a gaming commissioner for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Casino, retiring in 2005.

She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and a member of Drum Religion. 

LaVeda was united in marriage to Ron Wahweotten on May 8, 1963, in Topeka. They shared more than 58 years of marriage.

She is survived by her husband Ron of the home; five children, Mark Lopez of Delia, Tina Wahweotten of Mayetta, Tony Wahweotten (Angie) of Mayetta, Ray Wahweotten (Nancy) of Delia and Charles “Chuck” Wahweotten (Erlinda) of Topeka; nine grandchildren, Jordan D’Artagnan, Chaumin D. Wahweotten, Racheal L. Deo, Robin A. Deo, Krista G. Catron, Leonard Cashman, Brennah L. Wahweotten, Zach B. Wahweotten and Abby L. Boekman; and 10 great-grandchildren, Chloe Clark, Allison Sumner, Russell Sumner, Maddison and McKenzie D’Artagnan, Ashley Moore, Amara Ironshield and Uriah Ironshield, Adailia D’Artagnan and Alton Cashman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gerald Thomas; two sisters, Etheleene Chenault and Lorene Thomas; and seven brothers, Melvin, Dale, Kenneth, Charles, Marlin, LaVerne and Alex Thomas.

LaVeda will lie in state Monday, May 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton until 6:30 p.m. Drum services will be held Tuesday evening, May 3 at the Danceground Building on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation. Burial will be held Wednesday afternoon, May 4 at Wahwassuck Cemetery (between 134th and 142nd roads). To leave a special message for the family, please visit


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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