Bee­hive Com­mu­nity Spot­light: LaVon Brook


Ev­ery com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that Payson High School, and that’s where she Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school, LaVon make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- met her fu­ture hus­band, Neil L. Brook. and Neil were mar­ried in 1954. Neil the-earth kinda peo­ple. Join us as each Neil was on the foot­ball team and very was a great plumber and af­ter a few years month as we high­light one of our long­time pop­u­lar. LaVon was very quiet and kept to of school and train­ing be­came a cer­ti­fied mem­bers in the com­mu­nity. her­self. “We were re­ally com­pletely op­po­site. mas­ter plumber and pipe fit­ter. He was re­cruited

LaVon Brook was born in Fill­more, I was so shy and timid, and he was so by Geneva Pipe and worked there Utah, in 1935 at her grand­moth­ers’ home out­go­ing and pop­u­lar,” LaVon said. One for many years. LaVon gave birth to four — in fact, she was born in her grand­mother’s day, she and her friends were walk­ing chil­dren; Carol, Audie, Leon and David. bed. Her fam­ily did not stay long home from school when a group of boys Af­ter 26 years of mar­riage, tragedy would in Fill­more. LaVon’s fa­ther Robert A. Tilby, drove up and of­fered them a ride. strike the Brook fam­ily. Neil was killed in her mother Eula and older brother Carl LaVon’s im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion was no an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent, leav­ing his four moved to Baker, Ne­vada, where Robert way — af­ter all, she was very prim and chil­dren and wife be­hind. He was 48 years worked for the rail­road. Her mother cared proper and hav­ing some strange boys give old. LaVon still had two chil­dren at home for the chil­dren and kept the large prop­erty her a ride home was not ap­pro­pri­ate. Be­fore and was work­ing at the Payson hos­pi­tal as up. “We had sev­eral chick­ens, and I she could say a word, her girl­friend a nurse. She was dev­as­tated and took two loved play­ing with them. I used to pick jumped in the boys’ back seat and urged weeks off work. “I was a mess, I couldn’t ‘em up and just carry them around the the other girls to do the same. LaVon was do any­thing with­out break­ing down into yard. I also tended rab­bits — I mean we si­lent for the en­tire drive while her friend tears. I fi­nally re­al­ized I had to shape up were watch­ing one of my dad’s friend’s hung over the front seat talk­ing and flirt­ing and fly right. I had kids to sup­port and rab­bits. We kept them in a large pen for with the boys. LaVon was dropped Neil wouldn’t want me to not live my sev­eral weeks - I think there were about off last and one of the boys asked if he life,” LaVon said. 500 of them. It was so fun to see them could visit her some­time. She turned red LaVon worked at the Payson hos­pi­tal, run­ning ev­ery­where,” LaVon said. with em­bar­rass­ment and mum­bled some­thing where she was in­stru­men­tal in the move

While they were liv­ing in Ne­vada, LaVon’s to the af­fir­ma­tive. That boy would to the new hos­pi­tal on State Road. She sis­ter Dawn was born, and shortly visit again and again - thus be­gan the high worked ev­ery de­part­ment and was well af­ter her birth the fam­ily moved back to school sweet­hearts LaVon and Neil. Later, known as the “count on” em­ployee. This Utah. Robert be­gan rais­ing a large herd of LaVon’s chil­dren would make fun of her, shy hum­ble farm girl touched so many cat­tle in the Goshen area. Lavon at­tended call­ing her “the pick up girl.” hearts while car­ing for peo­ple at the hos­pi­tal. She worked the night shift for 28 years be­fore re­tir­ing from the Payson hos­pi­tal. If you have ever been to the hos­pi­tal, you were likely cared for by LaVon.

Lavon lives at Bee­hive Homes of Payson As­sisted Liv­ing en­joy­ing the quiet life and re­mem­ber­ing the days of rais­ing kids and rid­ing horses on the farm. She has 14 grand­chil­dren and 10 great-grand­chil­dren. Thank you, LaVon Brook, for rais­ing such great kids and be­ing a mem­ber of our com­mu­nity. You may con­tact LaVon Brook by mail at 661 E. 700 South, Payson, UT 84651.

LaVon Brook

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