Norene Ellen Avery, 76

PHOENIX, NY – Norene Ellen Avery, 76, of Phoenix, NY, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, on Thursday February 23, 2012.

She was a life resident of Oswego County.

Norene Ellen Avery
Norene Ellen Avery

Born in Fulton to her late parents, Zirita (Bloodgood) and Forrest E. Meeks, she was a graduate of Mexico Academy and Central School, Class of 1953.

Norene was a former beauty pageant winner and later a breast cancer survivor.

She was a fine homemaker and a longtime caregiver for family members.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Charles Alfred Avery, on May 5, 2011; and a sister, Donna Abulencia.

Surviving are her four sons and their spouses, Charles Forrest and Audrey Avery of Fulton,  Steven Michael and Patricia Avery of Pennellville, Philip John and Veronica Avery of Phoenix and Thomas Shawn and Julie Avery of North Syracuse; one daughter and her husband, Kathleen Ann and James Jordan of Hannibal; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Forrest  E. (Karen) Meeks, Richard  A. (Debra) Meeks and Daniel J.  Meeks; one sister, Sherry A. (Thomas) Greer; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday February 28, at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. David C. Nethercott officiating.

Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, 9250 Fenner Road, town of Lysander.

Calling hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service, in the funeral home 431 Main St.