Lavena Kelley daughter of Jess and Lizzy Swimmer was born March 20, 1931 in Tahlequah Oklahoma. She departed this Earth January 5th, 2021 in Claremore, Oklahoma at 89 years and 10 months.
Lavena grew up in Tahlequah Oklahoma surrounded by many friends and relatives. Later in life she met the love of her life, Joe Kelley. Over the next 47 years together they raised, with much blood, sweat and tears and prayers, 3 boys and to their much expectation ended up just like they anticipated, the prayers worked! She loved going to the lake, camping, swimming and her home. Home was Broken Arrow for almost 20 years. She was a cook in the Broken Arrow Public Schools for 12 years. She loved taking care of grandkids, which was her reason to love life even more. Lavena was loved by many from the friends of boys growing up, to people she grew to love and know in her church life, which crossed many years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister; Cherokee Rayburn and brother that passed right after birth.
She is survived by her sons; Charles of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Victor of Chanute, Kansas and Bill of Claremore, Oklahoma, 8 grandkids, 7 great grandkids and numerous nieces and nephews.
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