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November 19, 2013
addition to my note.
November 19, 2013
I met D'Averil in Eugene right after David and I got together. She was happy for us. She came to our wedding and whispered to me "Did you notice that I wore a skirt just for you and David?" We worked together for Portland Public Schools Indian Education Program tutoring Indian kids. We both felt compassion for the kids. We talked often about our own children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and how we could assist them in growing up. She was honest about her feelings and how she felt abandoned as a young child and how to help other abandoned children and adults. The last time I saw her, David cooked crepes for both of us. We talk of her often and miss her.
November 16, 2013
D'Averil was my older sister and no little brother ever had such a wonderful, compassionate and patient friend. She rescued me from a life that might have been filled with bordom and predjudice by introducing me to people and ideas that challanged my mind. She took me on adventures exploring the world and ways that can change the world for the better. She remained my friend and my teacher untill the day she bid us all goodbye. I also know that a part of her remaines with each of us in every kindness we do and every wrong we try to right.
November 16, 2013
D'Averil Yvonne Bradbury-Raybell-Ibbotson is my mother. Born in Portland, she spent formative years of her youth living with her great aunt Clara West on a ranch outside Klamath Falls. Her mother, aunts, and uncle all played a part in her upbringing. She moved to the Seattle, Washington area in her teen years to live with her mother, Flora Bradbury-Raybell, stepfather, Melvin “Buzz” Raybell, and brother, David Raybell.
D'Averil put herself through college at the University of Washington, from 1954-1958 earning a B.A. in English, with supporting areas in writing, mass media, education, humanities, and speech. Later, she earned teaching credentials through the University of Oregon in Eugene. A lifelong learner, D'Averil attended numerous workshops, seminars, on-the-job trainings, and retreats seeking to continually expand her knowledge of local and global events.
D'Averil married David Ibbotson and raised three children, moving several times to various states including Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Ohio, Tennessee, and New Mexico. In each place, she formed lasting friendships and developed an extended family that remained close throughout her life.
Her early work-life included teaching at Burns Union High School, in Burns, Oregon; being a teacher-director at an alternative school in Eugene, Oregon; and tutoring and substitute-teaching all school age levels in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Tennessee. She went on to participate in two worker-owned and operated natural foods distributors – Starflower Natural Foods in Eugene, Oregon and New Life Cooperative warehouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Santa Fe, she was elected by membership to two terms as President of the co-op's Board of Directors.
Her later work-life was centered in Portland, where she worked for Portland Impact from 1985 to 1991 and for the City of Portland from 1992-1999. While at Portland Impact, D'Averil implemented programs designed to increase access to senior and other social services, including outreach to ethnic minority communities. This work included helping American Indian elders form a group called Pi Nee Waus and helping Hispanic families form a group called La Familia. At the City of Portland, D'Averil worked in Environmental Services, Payroll, and with the Treasury and Public Financing departments.
Ever active, after retiring, D'Averil volunteered for two years at the Lava Beds National Monument, just across the Oregon border in northern California. She also supported voter-registration drives and union organizing efforts, as well as providing childcare for two families.
D'Averil was proud of her Bradbury-family Oregonian roots and took great joy participating in family-history projects – particularly with her cousin, Mary Pengelly. She also had a great appreciation and respect for many Native American communities in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and New Mexico. Growing up on a ranch, D'Averil always supported efforts to help poor and working people obtain nutritious food. This took many forms including helping farmworkers to organize and helping remote communities to start food-buying clubs in order to have access to natural foods. She loved to garden, encouraging vegetable-swaps with family and neighbors.
D'Averil's extended and immediate family will miss her warm smile, gentle words, and kind heart. May her spirit live on through each person whose life she touched.
November 14, 2013
D'Averil and I married in 1958 in Seattle and remained together for the next seventeen years. We led lives both ordinary and adventurous, though few who knew us ever realized how far out on various limbs we went on our adventures. D'Averil deserves credit for having stayed the course throughout her life in struggling for justice, seeking peace both in her own life and in the lives of others, and, above all, for remaining courageously independent. D'Averil never quit working. She deserves every bit of the praise others have added here, and more than I can say in a few words.
November 12, 2013
D'Averil lived a life full of adventure and exploring. As a child I was in awe of her spirit and looked to her for guidance as I grew up to be the person I am today. I would like to say that she was intensely proud of her children, her grand children, and her great grandchildren. She maintained her friendships with many people she met in her travels of life. She is also survived by her ex husband, David, my father and his wife Helen, whom she maintained a friendship with until the end of her life. She was always encouraging to us, telling us to always ask questions and not to fear what other people thought of us. I miss her incredibly and wished I could have had more time with her.
November 11, 2013
D'Averil was a unique, magical woman and a poet. She will be missed.
November 11, 2013
D'Averil spend the last 5 months of her life being lovingly cared for by the Kaiser Palliative and Hospice Care Programs and a wonderful care provider Josie. D'Averil donated her body to OHSU for medical research and so her body is is currently in service to their program. When her remains are returned, around Summer 2015, we will carry out her wishes for her ashes to be scattered at the Lava Beds National Monument and for a marker to be placed next to the grave of her great aunt, Clarissa West in Mt. Laki Cemetery in Klamath Falls.
Anyone wishing to, may also attend some group memorials happening soon in Portland (contact me and I'll give you more info).
1) Kaiser Hospice Light up a Life Memorial 6:30 PM Tuesday Dec. 3
2) OHSU Body Donation Program Annual Memorial 3:30 PM Friday Dec. 6
During the last years of D'Averil's life, she was almost entirely focused on her grandchildren, particularly Avondre, Alim, and Rayhan. I had a lot of contact with her as a result, and want people to know that she loved so many people very dearly. She frequently and quite wistfully remembered people, telling stories about many experiences. She was a very grateful person, very thankful for her wonderful life and friends. She had a way of letting her fun-loving spirit seek adventure and find humor and beauty everywhere. I miss her a lot and am also thankful for all those who loved her.
Love, Shoshana
November 10, 2013
Dee was so forthright, her heart spoke out loud always, and although she was soft spoken and gentle in her manner, she was invincible in her courage and her absolute intolerance for injustice, bigotry, ignorance and evil. Thank you for teaching me to walk right down the middle of the road, dear friend. I shall miss you so very very much.
November 10, 2013
What a wonderful soul a beautiful humble human being. A deep dedicated woman from whom I learned and love.
November 10, 2013
D'Averil was smart, funny, loving, stubborn and one of the bravest women I ever knew. xxx
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