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Obituary: Parthenia Hanavan, 92

By Administrator

November 16, 2022

After 92 wonderful years, Parthenia (Patsy) Hanavan, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully at her farm in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado on November 7, 2022.

Patsy was born on February 20, 1930 to Ruth and Alma Pelton in Shields, Kansas, and grew up with two older brothers, Dean and George, and her baby brother Jim. In 1939 the family moved to a farm north of the Cheyenne Wells near the Old Wells. At Cheyenne Wells High School, Patsy was active in the band, was a State Champion typist, and graduated as the Valedictorian of her class in 1948. During her high school days, Patsy met Charles Hanavan, Jr and he proposed to her on the eve of her high school graduation. After graduation, she attended college for one quarter at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley.

Charles and Patsy were married on December 19, 1948, and began to build their homestead north of Cheyenne Wells. Over the years, Charles and Patsy expanded their family by twelve children. While raising her children, Patsy also managed to raise chickens, milk cows, plant flower and vegetable gardens, sew clothes, cleaned and ground wheat from the farm bin, and make homemade meals for her large family.

After the children graduated and moved on, Patsy spent time planting beautiful flower gardens, visiting/babysitting grandchildren, traveling with Charles and her adult children, collecting over 100 cookie jars, and compiling Pelton and Hanavan genealogy. She served faithfully as a member of the Historical Society and worked for many years at the Nifty Thrifty (often with grandkids in tow!). In her final years, Patsy enjoyed sitting in her sunroom watching the birds, looking at the flowers and the farm, watching Daniel O’Donnell, writing her family’s first and last names, beating her girls at Scrabble, working word search puzzles, reading her Bible, and being with her family. Until the very end, Patsy knew each of her twelve children & spouses, 30 grandchildren & spouses, and 47 great grandchildren by name, and treasured them all dearly.

Patsy is survived by husband Charles Hanavan, children Perry, Darrell, (Kathy) Blane (Martha), Doug, Greg (Sandy), Gloria Donnelly, Chris (Melanie), Julie (Kent) Sramek, Jon, Coky (Greg) Palmer, Connie (Randy) Osborn,

Grandchildren, Jordan Hanavan, Tia (Bill) Duncan, Jana Hanavan and Melissa (Joe) Deckelman, Glenda (Travis) Bullock, Cherie (Brad) Bornhorst, Daniel (Lynn) Hanavan, Clint (Katie) Hanavan, Abby (Jared) Myers, Corrie (Sam) Myersick, Sam (Kara) Hanavan, Toby (Jenny) Rice, Casey (Katie) Hanavan, Jesse (Suzie) Hanavan, Shelley (Colby) Harlan, Kelley (Jake) Derner, Stepheni (Jason) Wood, Robin Donnelly, Jessica (Josh) Benedict, Hillary (Derek) Ellis, Trevor (April) Hanavan, Cameron (April) Sramek, Kellen (Ashley) Sramek, Logan (Ashlee) Hanavan, Drew Hanavan, Kolby (Kelsey) Palmer, Koy (Jacqueline) Palmer, Colton (Beth) Osborn, Leah (Ryan) Koeller

Great Grandchildren, Lucy, Henry, Olive, Luciano, Sebastian, Preston, Keenan, Parker, Taylor, Alayna, Evelyn, Bruin, Landon, Avery, Belle, Claire, Maggie, Toby, Ben, Evelyn, James and Ingrid, Madison, Leah, Easton, Everly, Mason, Taylor, Rylee, Jace, Justin, Joseph, Jadon, Jared, Jeffrey, Graham, Reagan, Foster, Esme, Rowan, Danaleigh, Korbin, Haddie, Camri, Brya, Rynlee, and Rayne.

Sister-in-laws, Shirley Pelton, Donna Campbell and Norma Stone

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, son Chuck, her granddaughter, Jenifer Donnelly, and grandson-in-law, Kevin Erker.

Funeral were held at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 2022 at Cheyenne Wells High School with Jason Wood presiding. Burial at Fairview Cemetery in Cheyenne Wells.

Memorials made to made to Eastern Colorado Historical Society OR Prairie View Health Resources.

Friends and family can register online condolences and sign the guestbook at Visitation and funeral services were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Cheyenne Wells.

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