Lavaun Alma Brewton
November 28, 1918 – October 9, 2020
Lavaun Alma Brewton, age 101, of Westminster, Colorado passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020.
Lavaun was born November 28, 1918, on Thanksgiving Day. She was born to Hugh and Olive Naanes. She liked to tell the story of her birth in a snow storm on a cold, snowy, Thanksgiving. Her dad had to ride his horse Fleet, through large snowdrifts, into the town of Erie, Kansas, to get the Doctor. The Doctor drove out to the farm in horse and buggy to deliver her. She grew up in that small town of Erie and became a teacher in a one room school house. She enjoyed the walk of more than a mile to the school, in all types of weather. She learned to bank the fire on cold nights, so the school room was warm when the children arrived in the morning.
She, her parents and two sisters left the family farm and moved to Albuquerque. She met her husband George, when she was waiting tables, and he left her a 13 cent tip! That encounter led her through to the many adventures of her life! He was a bit of a rogue, from Mississippi and was a fun loving free spirit. Lavaun was very proper and straight laced. They were a wonderful combination!
They eventually found their way to Denver where they have lived since the 1930's. They had two daughters, Glenda, and Carol. George had two sons by a previous marriage, George Jr. and Charles. They loved their life together. Lavaun's family followed her and George back to Denver and became homesteaders in Wheatridge. Glenda and Carol grew up with the security of a close happy family.
Lavaun was the true Matriarch of her family. She and George loved cooking and entertaining for the family. Lavaun was a planner, a thinker and a reader, she left nothing to chance. True to taking no chances, a yellowed newspaper clipping a fortune cookie strip and a picture of her parents were found in her wallet at the time of her death. She lived for the written word, she was a voracious reader. She apparently carried these items in her wallet for their message: "Life is not a problem to be solved but rather a mystery to be lived." and the yellowed news clipping read: " IN MEMORY . I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave When life is done,"
She was preceded in death by her husband George Brewton, her daughter, Glenda Hauck, and her two sisters Helen Naanes and Pearl Bergevin and baby brother, Hugh Naanes (infant). She is survived by her daughter, Carol Mitchell, son-in-law Bill Mitchell, five grandchildren: April Abrahamson (Steve), Glenda Crawford, Robert Hauck, Karen Pritchard and James Brewton (Margo). Five great grandchildren: Dawson Crawford, Garrett Hauck, Alexander Hauck, Rhian Pritchard, Gavin Pritchard, Jackson Pritchard, Olige Brewton and Anistasia Brewton.
Lavaun was amazed at her age, and was looking forward to her 102 birthday in November. Contributions in Lavaun's memory may be made to American Heart Association , https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_fru.html?s_src=21B2W2AEMG&s_subsrc=fru_control.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.CrownHillFuneral.com for the Brewton family.
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Lavaun Alma Brewton
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