Longtime resident Patricia Ann Havener, 1929 – 2008
Former valley resident Patricia Ann Havener died March 20 at RTA Hospice House in Casa Grande, Ariz. A memorial service is planned April 12 at Trinity Church in Casa Grande.Patricia and her husband of 58 years, Robert, were residents of the valley from 1952 to 2005. The Haveners had been winter visitors to Casa Grande for 15 years prior to moving there in 2005.Patricia was born March 18, 1929, to Howard and Johanna Cheney in Longmont. She grew up on the family homestead at Estes Park, adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. Pat attended Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University.On March 29, 1950 she married Robert Havener. The couple lived on the Front Range for a couple of years.The Haveners moved to the valley in 1952, where Pat worked as a home economics teacher at Eagle County High School in Gypsum. Among her students was Felix Reynolds. Once the Havener kids arrived, Pat quit teaching and became a full-time homemaker.The Haveners worked for Eagle rancher Ross Chambers from 1954 to 1962. Robert started out as a farm hand, then ended up as Chambers partner in a dairy business. During the last years with Chambers, Robert managed the Castle Peak Dairy until it was sold to Clymers Dairy in Grand Junction in 1962. For a number of years, the Haveners farmed the land that is now the Eagle County Fairgrounds and the Western Eagle County Metro District athletic fields. In 1969, the family moved to Edwards, to the land where the West End project is now under construction.The Haveners played a role in the start of the Lake Creek Baptist Church in Edwards which is now Trinity Southern Baptist Church.Pat became a member of Trinity Southern Baptist Church in 1997; and had been active in the prayer and card ministry there for several years. She loved the Lord with all her heart, and was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She loved helping people; and never had an unkind word to say.Pat requested that her body be donated to LifeLegacy for medical research. Cremation will follow.She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons Edwin Havener and his wife, Michele, of Gypsum, and Lawrence Havener, of Salida; daughters Valena Day and her husband, Ralph, of Rupert, Idaho, and LauraLynn Brooke and her husband, Matt, of Yukon, Okla.The family group includes five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Survivors may also include daughter Vonnette Smith and husband Terry, and an unknown number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the Smith family. The family has had no contact with the Smiths for the past seven years.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to RTA Hospice Foundation, 1675 E. Monument Plaza Circle, Casa Grande, Ariz. 85222; or to the Trinity for Tomorrow building fund at Trinity Southern Baptist Church, 1100 Trinity Place, Casa Grande, Ariz. 85222.
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