Helen 'Lavonne' Brown

Helen “Lavonne” Brown, 84, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Mrs. Brown graduated from International Business College, in Richmond, and had a career as an administrative assistant. She retired as executive assistant for the Fort Wayne Air Traffic Control Tower and is highlighted in the Fort Wayne Airport Museum as a member of the last team for the Fort Wayne Flight Service Station.

She was a Girl Scout leader when her daughters were young and wrote and copyrighted the song “Big, Big Pond.” She attended Hope Missionary Church, in Bluffton.

She was born April 17, 1932, in Richmond to Casper and Hazel Ketron Burdette. She married Myron Wesley Brown on June 13, 1953, and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Claudia (Paul) Ward, of Ossian, and Christine “Chris” Garrett, of Bluffton; three grandsons, Jon (Melissa) Ward, of Springhill, TN; Jason (Patty) Ward, of Aurora; and Matthew Garrett, of Bluffton; and four great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service, at Hope Missionary Church, in Bluffton. Rev. Gary Aupperle will officiate. A graveside service will follow at Horeb Cemetery, in Uniondale, with Rev. Daniel Boone officiating.

Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, in Bluffton, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.thegmcfamily.com.