LaVonne Wimberly Sewell
KENT, Wash.— Graveside services for LaVonne Wimberly Sewell, 52, of Everett, Wash., formerly of Natchez, who died Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Everett, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
Burial will be under the direction of American Memorial Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Saturday with , a “Celebration of Life” service to follow, both at Greater Trinity Church in Everett.
Mrs. Sewell was born Feb. 18, 1962, in Natchez, the daughter of Mack Washington and Marcella Brown.
She attended North Natchez High School and was an elite member of the track team.
As a young woman, she married the love of her life, Timothy Sewell, and embarked on a journey of travel as a devoted military spouse throughout her husband’s 20-year career of service in the U.S. Navy, where he retired.
The family was stationed in Norfolk, Va., Long Beach, Calif., Oakland, Bremerton, Wash., and then settled in Everett. As a dedicated military spouse, she raised four beautiful children and enjoyed being “Nana” to her seven grandchildren.
She had various customer service positions on the military posts and experienced an impeccable 12-year career as a health unit coordinator at Providence Hospital, where she was able to truly blossom every day through meeting and talking with people.
A dedicated and protective wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed decorating her home, traveling and most of all, socializing with people through various connections including her favorite social media, Facebook.
Over the years, she indulged in her favorite hobby of collecting African American dolls and artifacts during her world travels. She loved music, dancing, fashion/styling clothes and a good piece of chocolate candy.
She had an unwavering faith in God and was an active member for over 19 years at Greater Trinity Church. She was very involved in her church and volunteered at numerous events and activities including being a devoted member of church choir and spreading her joy for music and singing.
Mrs. Sewell was preceded in death by her father; two sisters, Anita Washington and Andrae Bennett; one aunt, Evelyn Scott; and one grandmother, Concerrilla Scott.
Survivors include her loving husband of 38 years, Timothy Sewell; her mother and stepfather, Henry Brown, of Natchez; four children, Stephanie, LaShawn, Timothy Jr. and Akeem, all of Everett; two brothers, Jarvis Washington of Natchez and Victor Washington of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Debra Wimberly of Natchez and Delores Johnson of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, Zuri, Zabre, Ziayr, Zyanna, Tayshon, Kaitlyn and Zashanti; one uncle, Paul Scott of Natchez; five aunts, Willye B. Robertson, Shirley Simpson, Adell Dennis, Doris Jones and Joyce Scott, all of Natchez; four, sisters-in-law, Dorothy Christmas of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, Dorothy Robinson and Linda Sewell, all of Natchez; two nephews, Robert Sewell and Cedric “Pooh” Washington, both of Everett; one niece, Janice King-Dunbar of Auburn, Wash.; and a number of nephews, nieces, loving relatives and friends.