Mrs. Neva N. Aven, 89, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at Dorman Funeral Home, with Barry Jones, minister Ninth and Elm Church of Christ and Travis Aven of Sulphur Springs officiating. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park. A visitation will be held on Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was a native of Seymore, Texas; born on March 1, 1921 to parents William B. Tanton and Emma S. Milner. She had lived in the Orange area for 65 plus years and was a member of Ninth and Elm Church of Christ. She retired from Weingarten’s as a cashier after 20 years of employment. Her joy in life was reading and cooking on Sunday. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Emma Tanton; husband, R.E. “Ray” Aven Sr.; sister, Mozzelle Sartin; brothers, Joe Tanton, W.B. “Dub” Tanton, Buford Tanton; and her great-grandson, Riley Hickey.

She is survived by her sons, R.E. “Bobby” Aven Jr. and wife Nina, Billy Aven and wife Kathy, all of West Orange, Bert Aven and wife Mary of Sulphur, La., Tommy Aven and wife Vicki of Pearland; sister, Mildred Hinton of Arbala, Texas; sister-in-law, Virginia Tanton of Sulphur Springs, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.