Lorna E. Avery, 84, of Flat Rock, North Carolina, formerly of Brockport, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her husband and children at the family farm in Brockport, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.
Lorna was born in 1936 to Bill and Eva (Seager) Jenneiahn. She was the Class of 1954 valedictorian of Brockport High School and graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied both piano and clarinet. Married to Arden Avery in 1955, they began their life together in Germany, where Arden was stationed serving in the U.S. Army. Returning to Brockport, they actively operated the Avery Farm while raising their five children. Lorna also returned to school, earning a degree in accounting from The College at Brockport. She worked many years as an accountant, continuing her career in North Carolina where she and Arden relocated and eventually retired.
Lorna was known for her devotion to her husband, children, and extended family and enjoyed the annual family party each summer that brought so many of them together. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, and a strong advocate of hard work and education who took great pride in her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. Prior to her illness she was an avid reader who also loved music, traveling, square dancing, and sharing her family-famous home-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Lorna will be missed by her loving husband of 65 years, Arden; her children, Laurie (Dale) Williams of North Carolina, Bill (Kathie) Avery of Batavia, Kirk of Georgia, Greg (Sundae) of Brockport, and Karla (Steve Hardin) of North Carolina; her 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Eleanor (Lou) Messineo of Pennsylvania; extended family including her in-laws and several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends from both New York and North Carolina.