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Ila Marie Anderson McIlvain


Born May 21, 1933; Married August 16, 1955 (Bill Don McIlvain)

Children: Lavonda Marie McIlvain Kopsa, May 31, 1957; Sandra Kay McIlvain Reimer, September 15, 1958;
Larry Don Mcllvain, December 11, 1960; Mark Alan Mcllvain, October 16, 1964


Some highlights:

 - I taught in Garnavillo, Iowa, for one year before getting married.  We both
taught in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, while Bill completed his college work
at John Brown University.

 - In 1958 we moved to Cheyenne and joined the public school teaching staff.

 - We worked for a number of years as youth directors at First Baptist in Cheyenne.

 - We served as short-term assistants, teachers, for Wycliffe Bible Translators at Yarinacocha, Peru, South America, 1965-67.

 - We took the family around the world as part of a teaching position at theAmerican International School of Kabul (AISK), Afghanistan, 1972-74.
We traveled to Kabul via the western route through Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong,Thailand, and India and returned to the States through
Iran, Israel, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland and England.  Our overseas teaching experiences provided some of
the most memorable years of our lives as a family.

 - All four children have been overseas at least once since our return from Afghanistan.


Present Status (summer of 1984)

Ila:  Has been an instructor in Early Childhood Education and education at Laramie County Community College since the fall of 1978.

Is serving as President of the Wyoming Early Childhood Association.

With Bill, is actively involved at Meadowbrooke Baptist Church, team-teaching a young married couples class among other ministries.

Bill: Has been an instructor in political science at Laramie County Community College since the fall of 1979.
Has served six terms in the Wyoming House of Representatives.  At present he is Majority (Republican) Whip. 
He serves on numerous commissions and committees as part of his legislative duties and responsibilities.

Lavonda: Graduated from John Brown University. She and Brian are in the real estate appraisal business in Cheyenne.  She works
as Brian's secretary and as the computer operator.
They are active at Meadowbrooke Baptist Church where Brian serves on the Shepherd's board.    

Sandra: Graduated from Wichita State after attending Tabor College for two years.

She and David live in Wichita, Kansas, Sandra teaches first grade. David is assistant director of property for Presbyterian Manors of

They are both active in the Mennonite church in Wichita where David's father is the pastor.

Larry: Attended Tabor College for two years, then graduated, in 1983, from the
 University of Wyoming.

He is now teaching at McCormick Junior High in Cheyenne (1984-85).  He teaches social studies and coaches football.
 Last summer he supervised a special program for underprivileged high school students.

In a few years he would like to apply for an overseas teaching position, preferably in the Middle East.

Mark: Is in his second year at John Brown University, majoring in elementary education. He is a member of both
the swim team and the rugby team.


We are grateful for the priceless Christian heritage established for us by Victor and Hannah Anderson and passed from generation
to generation. We thank the Lord for our children who are faithfully serving Him and for our host of Anderson relatives who we know
are sharing His love with others, each in his or her own special part of God's creation. May God bless you all.


- Ila Marie McIlvain, 1984

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