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Obituary, Emma Lavaughn Young Llewellyn, 95


March 30, 2017

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Emma Llewellyn

Emma Lavaughn Young Llewellyn, 95, passed away at home in Petersburg, Alaska on March 25, 2017.

She was born on October 18, 1921 in Monterey, Texas to Medford and Emma Parrott. She grew up in Nacogdoches County until the family moved to Houston during the Depression years. During those bad economic times she and her sister joined the All-Girl Band and played and sang at root beer stands in Houston. Lavaughn played the banjo.

Lavaughn married Elroy Young Sr. in 1938 and they had one son, E.L. "Butch" in 1941. They separated during World War II. After the war she married Farner Llewellyn of Galveston, Texas. Both husbands fought in Europe during the war. Lavaughn worked in a factory making bullets and at a shipyard where they built warships. Farner and Lavaughn were married 34 years until Farner's death in 1979.

She had a children's daycare in her home for years. She learned to drive a car at the age of 58 after Farmer died. As a widow, she entered the workforce at Galveston county tax office where Farner had been a tax assessor. She taught Sunday school to Chinese-immigrant children and sang in the choir at University Baptist Church.

She moved to Petersburg with Butch and Alice Young in 2006 and in 2008 moved to Mountain View Manor. She loved the snow, having rarely seen it on the Texas coast.

She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Petersburg and involved herself in many of the activities and served God wherever she could.

She spent many happy hours with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was proud of the talents and skills of each one.

She was preceded in death by her brother Wilford and sisters Blanche Hebert, Bernadine Audas and Charlie Jo Parrott.

She is survived by: sister Barbara Snider of Pearland, Texas; son Butch (Alice) of Petersburg; grandson Larry Young (Tanesa Sprague) Young of Petersburg; granddaughter Carol (Young) Schaake of Juneau; granddaughter Rebecca (Young) Regula (Randy) of Kupreanof; and great-grandchildren Michael Schaake, Brenna (Young) Spear (Logan), Cole Young, Laura Lavaughn Young, Jason Regula, Cody Regula; and numerous nieces and nephews in Texas.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 5th and Gjoa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First Baptist Church Missions Fund at P.O. Box 990, Petersburg 99833.


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