Leta Faye Cranfill Kavanaugh, age 69, was born in Rotan, Texas on March 11, 1947 to Kenneth and Lorene (Clegg) Cranfill. Beloved wife, mother, and “Grandmere”, she passed away on November 25th, 2016 fighting many complications of pancreatic cancer that were too great for her earthly body.
She leaves behind a husband of 50+ years, Billy Milas Kavanaugh; her Mom, Lorene Freeman; a sister, Pat Brown; two daughters, Paula Kavanaugh and Kelli Brittain; as well as 3 wonderful grandchildren, ZacharyDye, Anna Zekan, and Sara Brittain. She also has a great Aunt Rene (Aunt Bebe) High; and cousins Sandra High, E.J. High, and Mary Billeck.
Leta loved music: she played the flute and sang in the choir at Durkee Methodist Church in her youth. She also sang in the choir at church and enjoyed singing duets on karaoke nights with Billy. She was an amazing Mom who taught us all about love and God and faith. She loved to dance and occasionally she and Dad could be caught dancing in the grocery store! Her love of life was immense.
Her ability to care for others above herself was her gift. She taught us all, including her husband who had a fear of swimming due to almost drowning, how to swim. She had many other talents as well, fixing just about anything around the house and taking care of any plumbing issues that needed attention.
She enjoyed crochet: she made us all hats and scarves for Christmas more than once. She made all of the grandkids their first baby blankets. She also participated in crafts that her Mom would get her involved in ~ like at some point they were making face cream in the bathroom. She cared for everyone, even neighbors! Once she babysat while a neighbor went to have her baby at the hospital, that’s the kind of friend she was: warm, loving and kind. She exchanged recipes and loved to cook, even compiling a cookbook to share with her daughters and mother. Thanksgiving and the holidays were a favorite time of year. She and her mother would cook and the girls would help out in the kitchen but everyone else would reap the rewards of their hard work.
This was Leta: giving, loving, loyal, a friend, creative, affectionate and very spiritual and optimistic. When she got the diagnosis for cancer she said: I am not giving it power by calling it a disease. I am only calling it a concern. She promised us all that she would fight and she did. She fought with all her might. Her body was just not strong enough for the war that was waged. We know that her body is only a vehicle and that she is free from her pain.
As her granddaughter would say, Heaven got a new angel. It will take us here on Earth a while to recover from this shock as we go on about our day.
Interment is scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, December 2, 2016 at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery near Rotan, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Leta’s memory may be made to Methodist Dallas Hospital/Mayo Clinic for Pancreatic Cancer Research.