June 6, 1915 ~ August 3, 2019

Born in: Joplin, Missouri
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Lenora Woodworth Coats Avery was born on June 6, 1915 in Joplin, Missouri to Lewis Edwin Woodworth and Katherine Bishoff Woodworth.  She was the second oldest of four girls; Juanita Mae, Inez Onita, and Martha Dorcus.

Both of Lenora’s parents had died from “black lung” disease by the time she was 8.  She went to Newton, Kansas to live with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Lula.  Her Aunt Lula had a niece, Maude Coats and husband, Walter Coats, who were farmers around Plains, Kansas.  Lenora eventually went to live with them and they legally adopted her in 1926.

Lenora attended Fort Hays Kansas State College in Hays, Kansas where she obtained a degree in Business Education.  One afternoon while walking down the sidewalk on campus she met Everett Avery.  They were married June 11, 1939, and were married 62 years when Everett died in 2001.

Lenora and Everett had two children; Norman (Eleanor) Avery, and Bonnie Avery (Ken) Milano.  She had one granddaughter, Angela Breanne Milano.

After graduating from college, she was a high school business teacher; but she spent most of her married years alongside Everett in the municipal accounting firm Everett owned in Larned, Kansas.  In Larned, Lenora was active in the United Methodist Church, and enjoyed time with both her sewing and bridge clubs. She was always available to help with youth activities at both church and school.

After retiring in 1981, they moved to Heather Gardens Adult Community in Aurora, Colorado.  They became active members of the Heather Gardens Chapel.  They were active in square dancing and ballroom dancing and Lenora once again continued her enjoyment for the game of bridge.

Six years after Everett passed, in 2007, Lenora moved to the Dayton Place Senior Living community where she lived until her death on August 3, 2019.

Lenora lived well her 104 years— guided by her strong faith in God and His Son.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m at Ft Logan National Cemetery on Tuesday, September 10.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:

World Neighbors, 5600 North May Avenue, Suite 160, Oklahoma City, OK  73112-4222

EmberHope (formerly Youthville) 900 West Broadway St. Newton, KS  67114


Graveside Service: September 10, 2019 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

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  1. Bonnie & family – So sorry for your loss. I know you’ll miss her but I’m sure she’s dancing her way through heaven with her favorite guy! 💕

  2. Lenora and Everett were very bright lights in the lives of my daughters . They asked to go to Everetts and Nora’s every day, and, Tami, especially loved “Everett cookies.”
    They were such a blessing to all of us; I miss them.

  3. It was an honor and a blessing to have you with us for the last twelve (12) years.
    Everyone like to call you grandma, because that who you are for everyone in BTR.
    And by you we had a privilege to meet Bonnie and Ken, they are a part of our BTR family.
    You will be missed.

  4. My second mom. What wonderful memories of so many Christmases and Fourth of July celebrations with Aunt Lenora and your family. She overcame so much in life that I was never surprised by her resilience. She was and is a wonderful soul.

  5. So very sorry for your loss, Bonnie and Norman. Your mother was a wonderful lady and always had such a big heart. Our mother’s were in the Sweet Sixteen club for most of their adult lives and enjoyed each other so much. Prayers for you and yours

  6. Lenora had a more than full life because God knew she was so helpful and a joy to so many. I know she took much pride in her family, especially her beautiful granddaughter, Breanne. She loved with her whole heart and she was loved deeply. It is never easy to say goodbye but you do have so many wonderful memories to cherish. Hold tight to these for comfort.


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