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Kelly Jo Avery

Chronicle Staff
Published: Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Kelly Jo Avery was born Aug. 22, 1969, to George P. and Janelle (Karpiak) Avery in Newcastle, Wyo. She graduated from Upton (Wyo.) High School in 1987 and later from Gillette School of Cosmetology in Gillette, Wyo.  She lived in Scotland with her mother and step-father for many years and traveled widely throughout the UK, Norway and Europe. After returning to the U.S., she lived on a ranch outside Upton with her mother, step father and step brothers. On Oct. 30, 2008, Kelly died in Custer, S.D. She was 39. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Peter and Elizabeth (Betty) Perovanovic and Les and Mae Avery; also Clara Philbrick of Newcastle, Wyo.; and an uncle, Jimmy Karpiak of Chicago. Survivors include her mother, Janelle Avery of Stuart, Fla.; father, George Avery of Wendover, Nev.; brother, George Avery of Douglas, Wyo.; children, Layne, Cole and Payton Barton of Plano, Texas; step father, B.J. Ankeney of Newcastle; aunt, Ann Perovanovic of Denver; uncle, Michael Perovanovic of Orland Park, Ill.; and cousins.   In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Kelly’s name. Written condolences may be made at

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Layne Barton
October 8th, 2009 at 15:31pm

This was my mom, and I just wanted to say to whoever wrote this did a really good job. Thank you.

Cole Barton
March 2nd, 2012 at 13:33pm

Thanks to whoever wrote this, she was my momma too. Love and miss you mom wish you were still here with us.

December 14th, 2012 at 05:56am

thank you who ever wrote this, she was my mom as well. she was a good person i wish she as still here, you did a great job writing this.

February 15th, 2013 at 09:00am

I love you momma and i miss you very much, there is not a moment that goes by that i dont think about you, Rest in Peace mom ill meet you there whe i meet you.

November 21st, 2013 at 14:02pm

I miss you.

November 21st, 2013 at 14:03pm

I miss you so much<3 your second grand baby is on the way and Payton is having her first. Wish you were here to help guide cole. We all love and miss you very much. <3

February 1st, 2015 at 18:17pm

I still miss you mom. I love you so much... I really wish you were here with us, we need you momma... I hope you hear my prayers.

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