Horace Foote and Tom Foster met while working on the Broadway chapel construction project in Houston. Horace and R. May encouraged their son Duane to write to Lavelle who was teaching school in Galena Park.
Duane taught school also, and moved to Houston to further the long-distance friendship after his school year was over.
Diamond ring was given as a Christmas gift in 1961 and a wedding was planned in Mesa, Arizona temple the following June. Fun activities during courtship and engagement included Houston Symphony concerts in the park, movies, church activities, and eating out.
Honeymoon included zoo visits and temple trips to California, St. George, and Salt Lake City. Also picked up Duane's belongings from Aunt Loreen's house in Midvale.
Married to Jodi, eight children (Jared, Brian, Kelli, Elena, Kacie, Allan, Darin, Aimee), and two grandchildren (Thomas, Blake). Jared married to Julianna Dittmar, Brian married to Janet Oldenburg, and Kelli married to Robert Lindeman.
Married to Trase, four children (Lindsey, Randa, Jackson, and Hayden)
Both Duane and Lavelle taught school in the Houston area.
Duane taught school (6th grade) at Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Lavelle was recruited to teach Head Start half-days (was allowed to take Jeffrey with her) with the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Duane taught school in Hull Daisetta district for three years. Family was part of Liberty Branch.
Duane taught school for one year in Splendora, over a decade in Tarkington (driver's education mainly), and Conroe (special education) until he retired in 2004. Lavelle re-started her teaching career in 1977, and taught in both Cleveland and Splendora districts until she retired in 2000. The family was active in church activities and callings - Duane served as Bishop, Stake High Councilor, Bishopric and Branch Presidency Counselor, Clerk, High Priest Group Leader, and his favorite, Nursery Worker; Lavelle served as Relief Society President, Primary Teacher, Pianist, Junior SS Coordinator, among many others.
Sold the small family home in Cleveland and purchased home in San Antonio to be closer to family and a temple, two priorities that Cleveland did not accommodate as well. Duane also involved in school WatchDOG program and as part-time auto auction driver. Lavelle involved in Genealogy and enjoying her grandchildren.