Lavenna “Lou” Beach

Lavenna (Lou) Beach, age 90, died Wednesday morning, February 17, 2021 in the Meadows residence, a caring and loving community at the Courtyards Senior Living in Knoxville.  She was born in Stone, Kentucky, September 1, 1930 to Arthur and Belva (Centers) Duncan.  She is the oldest of seven children.  She was married to George (‘Ady’) Vowell in Lake City, Tennessee in 1947 and was married for 44 years.  They lived half of that time on the coastline of southern California.  After George’s death she was remarried to Charles A. Beach, for 19 years.  After his passing in 2011 she continued with her hobbies and crafting.  She loved her family and loved to plant flowers.  She played piano in her younger years and was very active in several churches in California while residing there for many years.  Lou has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Clinton, Tennessee in the mid 80’s to early 90’s.  Lou loved her elder residents in her care through those years.  She is preceded in death by her brothers, Harry Duncan and Austin Duncan also by her sister Patty Duncan and grandchildren, Aaron Vowell and Michaela Buckner.  She is survived by her brother Jim Duncan (wife Donna), her sisters Gloria Norfalise and Myra Crawford all in Anderson County and sister-in-law Dorothy Duncan in Lee’s Summitt, Mo.  She also leaves two sons, Ron Vowell (wife Gigmar) and Randy Vowell (wife Mary) along with two daughters, Rhonda Beffre (husband Gene) and Robin Hoffman.  Lou had 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.  She will be missed by all who loved her.  She will be laid to rest in Leach Cemetery, Lake City next to her husband, George.  A family memorial service will be at a later date.  

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  1. Aunt Lou was there for me when a dog mauled me in 1970 and again in 1982 when I was drinking too much and driving too fast. Her passing reminds me that small encounters with the right person can alter the arch of ones life. My heart is full of joy for her next adventure and reunion with Patty, Harry and my Dad even as I know the grief her family feels right now.

  2. We’re so sorry for your loss…we always love listening to the stories about your mom Rhonda….you and you’re family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Thank you for leaving kind messages here. (I’m finding out that most everyone has linked into FB and sent messages through that media.) Mom had a very full life and was making the best of what she had left. She was tough and suffered through Covid and survived. It was a challenge for her to have such a drastic change at the beginning of 2017 when she began her residency at ‘Courtyards.’ The care she received was exactly what she needed and we knew she was safe. She was very social at that point and enjoyed the many activities, games and field trips with her new friends. We had no idea she would find a dancing partner who lived there. When outings included music she danced until the song was over. Mom grew to love the new family she was part of. We are also grateful to the people who visited her from time to time and brought craft materials and things she wanted (especially her favorite beverage, ‘Pepsi’ 🙂 …. Her spirit lives in another realm now and we will miss her.

  4. I will never forget Lou as long as I live!!!! Her beautiful smile and that famous giggle are just two of her many gifts. One time her son was working under the car and had spilled some sort of red fluid. Lou thought it was blood and ran and picked that car up to save her son!!!!! PICKED IT UP!!!!! The smile of an Angel and the strength of a lion!!!! She will missed by all who’s lives she touched and there were many!!!!! “Until we meet again in Heaven, God speed, sweet spirit ❤🙏❤”

  5. I will never forget the unconditional love and kindness that my aunt Lou showed me in 1963 when I was 17 and pregnant. She opened her home and gave me the sweetest baby shower. That meant so much to me.
    To this day, I believe God used that to teach me to accept and love people in spite of their faults.

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