Lavina Walton

Lavina WaltonLavina V. Walton, 93, of Browning died at 12:43 a.m. July 24, 2006, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

She was born Jan. 6, 1913, in Browning, a daughter of Warren and Lucy Fish Waters. She married Francis F. Walton on Dec. 17, 1930, in Rushville. He died Oct. 20, 1997.

She also was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Waters.

Surviving are one daughter, Dianne (and Robert) Hutton of Naples; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Browning Methodist Church. She was active in the Schuyler Brown Historical Society and was instrumental in the Schuyler Jail restoration.

In 1999, she was awarded the first Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for her part in creating awareness of local history in Rushville. She also was the grand marshal of the Rushville Smiles Day Parade.

She was a member of many organizations, including the Business and Professional Women's Club, Schuyler County Women's Club, Schuyler Historical Society, DAR and the Schuyler Home Bureau. She was the Browning Township assessor for many years and was active in politics.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with David Haney officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Bader Cemetery in Browning.

Memorials may be made to the Schuyler Jail Museum or the Browning Rescue Squad.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/26/2006