Jeannie LaVonne Kenoyer


Dayton resident, Jeannie LaVonne Kenoyer, 67, died October 25, 2010, at her home.

Jeannie was born April 29, 1943, in Dayton, to Charles and Charlene McCauley Yates. Her parents divorced when she was very young and she was raised by Roy and Charlene Gibbons. The family moved to Burns, Oregon when Jeannie was in the third grade, returning to Dayton where she completed elementary school and graduated from Dayton High School in 1961.

On December 15, 1963, she and Jerry Edwin Kenoyer married at the United Brethren Church in Dayton. Her role as a homemaker was of utmost importance to her, though also working out of the home for Green Giant, and Ray's Drive-in for a few years. She provided care for children in her home for 18 years.

She learned to play the piano at a young age and played up until she became ill. She gave piano lessons and played piano for numerous weddings and funerals. She played for the Dayton Assembly of God and United Brethren churches. She also enjoyed singing for church and always enjoyed cantatas. She taught Sunday school for many years. She loved spending time with her daughter, Terrie, and three grandsons: Michael, Layne and Karl. Almost everyone in Dayton knew her because she had likely babysat them. Everyone was her friend - knowing no strangers.

Jeannie and Jerry did a lot of traveling all over the Northwest and including a trip to Mexico where Jerry was working there for Green Giant in 1983. They also enjoyed a trip to the Grand Canyon in 1992. Jeannie's other interests included word searches and game shows on television.

Jeannie is survived by her husband at home; her daughter, Terrie LaVonne Hawks of Othello, Washington; her half-sister, Darlene of Florida; three brothers: Eldon Gibbons of Springdale, Arkansas, DeVoe Gibbons of Staunton, Virginia, and Paul Gibbons of Dayton; her three grandsons: Michael, Layne and Karl Hawks also of Othello, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Bradley; two brothers, Vernon and Gary "Buck"; and two sisters: Hazel and Wanda.

The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 30, 2010, at the Harvest Christian Center in Dayton. Pastor Greg Brownell of the United Brethren Church will officiate. Burial will follow in the Dayton Cemetery. The honorary pallbearers will be Paul Gibbons and Gerald Pulliam; the active pallbearers will be Ramon Streby, Randy Streby, Michael Hawks, Layne Hawks, Karl Hawks, and Gerald Pulliam II. A dinner will be served at the United Brethren Church following the graveside service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Brethren Church or Walla Walla Community Hospice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington 99362.

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