Avonell Lykins Newsom, 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at her home in Snowflake after a brief illness. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Feb. 4) at the Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor on Friday. The funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Snowflake Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and will be preceded by a viewing at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Ind.
She was born on March 21, 1913, in Burtonville, Lewis County, Ky., to Noah Lee and Mary Katherine Cropper Lykins. She was the second of nine children. Her mother died in childbirth when Avonell was nine years old, leaving four young children. Her father later remarried and the family moved to Elizabethtown, Ind., when she was a teenager. There she continued her rural life on the farm.
She married Lawrence John Newsom, the love of her life, on Aug. 7, 1937, at the age of 24.
On Aug. 23, 1942, she and her husband welcomed their one and only child into the world, John Phillip Newsom. She viewed him as her greatest achievement and her pride and joy.
In 1952, their little family moved to Phoenix in the hope that the climate would help her husband’s health. Shortly before her husband passed away in 1958, Avonell went to school to become a cosmetologist, and she worked in that field until she retired in 1983 at the age of 70. She owned her own salon for part of that time.
Avonell moved to Snowflake in 2000 at the age of 87 to be closer to her son and his family. She lived independently in her own home until her recent short illness.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother and aunt who loved her family immensely. She was known for her special sense of humor and her storytelling. Nothing pleased her more than to have visitors in her home. She is also remembered for her wonderful cooking, her fudge, homemade noodles and beautiful quilts.
Avonell was a faithful and active member of the LDS church. She especially enjoyed teaching children in Sunday School, and viewed with pride the accomplishments of her students through the years.
Survivors include her daughter-in¬-law, Patricia Newsom; her seven grandchildren, Deborah (Wes) Hargis, Chandra (David) Bair, Jeanine Newsom, Laura (Aaron) Nielson, John R. Newsom, Amberlee (Victor) Jimenez and Jared L. Newsom; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Chester Lykins; and numerous devoted nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, her parents and seven siblings.