Elsie LaVern Kennedy

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Funeral services for lifelong Mancos resident Elsie LaVern Kennedy will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Bud Rousset will officiate.

Visitation is Monday at Ertel Chapel from 9 a.m. until service time.

Elsie LaVern Kennedy was born to David and Grace (Thomas) Swenk on July 29, 1927, in Cortez. She departed this life on Jan. 14, 2014, at age 86.

Spending time in the mountains was a pleasure for LaVern and Edward, her husband of 65 years. Picnics, gold panning, color rides, mushroom and berry hunting were their favorite activities. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Eastern Star.

Every marriage of her sons brought a daughter into her life, not just a daughter in-law. Every one of them was considered a distinct member of the family. She looked forward to the birth of every great-grandchild, which totals 36. She remembered a story about all her 14 grandchildren and enjoyed telling them to remind them of how they grew up. She enjoyed handcrafts including crochet, ceramics and needlework. She loved to garden - she'd scatter seeds, and they'd sprout. She enjoyed houseplants, especially her orchids. She happily shared her wisdom of vegetable gardening and never complained that she was unable to put up blackberry jam because her grandchildren always cleaned off the vines before she could pick them.

She was an excellent cook, but her roasts brought down the house. She canned as long as she could and passed the tradition to the next generation. She was a cook for Mancos schools and then the Aneth Boarding School.

LaVern was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her oldest son, Ronald; daughter-in-law, Eileen Kennedy; granddaughter, Gena Kennedy and granddaughter, Darcy Kennedy. She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Hall and Ace of Durango; daughter-in-law, Linda Kennedy of Price, Utah; by her sons, Walter and wife, Ana Maria of Aurora, James and wife, Tammy of Bloomfield, N.M., and Gary and wife, Catherine of Mancos; and grandchildren, Charlotte Olson, Shirley Barson, Cynthia Williams, Rondalyn Kennedy, JaLeen Kennedy, Wade Kennedy, Edward Kennedy, Christina Thrasher, Grace Kennedy, Amanda Olive, Cassandra Hergert, and Eduardo and Maria Lizet; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edward and LaVern were under the loving care of Lorna Ristau, Verna Jowell and Rosie Jones.

Services are by Ertel Funeral Home. For information, click on the obituary section at ertelfuneralhome.com.