Lavinia A. Holmes was born on September 10, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Mr. Willie Pete Jones and Hattie Mae Williams. She was from a family of 14 children, the 8th child and 6th daughter. She attended elementary school in Chicago Public School system and high school at both Lucy Flowers and Farragut High School in Chicago. She was an accelerated, gifted and talented student. She completed her Associate Degree in Business and Medical Billing Administration for Stratton College in Milwaukee in 1984. She later became a certified Tax accountant and specializes in Tax Perparation for H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. In the nineties she became an associate partner at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services. Lavinia relocated to Madison from Milwaukee, WI in 2005 to work as a regional manager. Lavinia fought a good fight of faith as she struggled with her cancer ordeal.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Joe Willie Jones and a sister, Frankie Jean Jones. Always the light of the party Lavinia leaves to cherish her fond and delighted memories to 9 sisters, 2 brothers and an adopted brother: Florida Lee (TX), Lula B. Jones (WI), Evangelist Dorothy Glenn (IL), Doris Jones (IL), Ary Lee (TN) Mildred Jones (TN), Bernice Bufford (WI), Pauline Zaimah (CA), Minnie Jones (WI), Sylvia Jones (WI), Vontennie Jones-Savdogo (WI), George Jones (IL), Michael Jones (WI). She also leaves to cherish her memories many nephews, nieces and other relatives including spiritual children, along with a host of friends and colleagues.