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Avonne was born in Sherman, TX to the parents of E.H. and Vinnie Wilson. She moved to Redondo Beach, California during her high school years and continued on to UCLA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. During her time at UCLA she met her future husband, William P. DePaoli. They wed in Stockton where they permanently made their home due to her husband's career in the asparagus industry.
Avonne taught 2nd grade at Martin Van Buren School until she started her family. She then became a full-time mother and homemaker, during which time she was active in her local church, PTA and frequently entertained at her home for friends and business associates.
Later in her life, she returned to work selling real estate in the Stockton area then returned to teaching as a substitute teacher. She went to work for San Joaquin County where she retired.
Her two daughters were the utmost important achievement in her life. Being a mother came first and foremost. Her caring, gracious and kind demeanor made her a wonderful mother with an excess of patience and love. Up until the end of her life, she remained unselfish about her challenging condition, only being concerned about her children's welfare.
Her passions in life were family, gardening, painting and traveling.
Avonne's independence was taken by a debilitating stroke but her inner strength and endurance remained.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband William P. DePaoli.
She is survived by her two daughters Kimberlyn Keeney of Spokane, Washington, Devon DePaoli of Stockton, granddaughter Taylor Oliver of Lodi, sister Sallie Jo Johnston of Stockton, sisters-in-law Catherine DePaoli of Stockton, Elsie Tiffany of Stockton and Carrie DePaoli of Manteca.
A private service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
at www.strokeassociation.org. Please sign the online guestbook at cherokeememorial.com
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17, 2013