In Memory

Sonja Gayle Aven (Haynes, Long, Gambrel)

Born Aug. 28, 1946, Tyler; died Nov. 10, 2008, Yantis, TX, age 62

JTHS activities: Spanish Club

Married, age 27, Gary M. Gascoigne, 23, Sept. 29, 1973, Nacogdoches Co., TX

Married, age 28, Thomas M. Loehr, 30, May 12, 1975, Nacogdoches Co., TX

Married, age 35, to William E. Long, 28, Dec. 17, 1981, Dallas County, TX


Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tues., Nov. 11, 2008:




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07/01/09 02:40 PM #1    

Delbert Kenneth "Ken" Thompson

I was always in awe of Sonja, who seemed so much more mature and sophisticated than the rest of us. How I wished back then that I could give that impression! Even the name "Sonja Aven" had sort of a Hollywood ring to it.

Sonja and I both got in trouble for having cocktails (my introduction to Margaritas) while we were on a school trip to Monterey, Mexico, with the Spanish Club-- Ernie Holland ratted us out to Squats when we got back home. To this day I don't know how Mr. Holland found out. I guess "las paredes tienen ojos" (the walls have eyes).

Sonya was pretty serene about it-- nothing seemed to get her goat.

02/09/11 01:35 PM #2    

James Davis McCoy

Sonja & I were very close; spent a lot of time together & we went steady for a while our Junior year at John Tyler. Many good times & memories. I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

James Davis McCoy

10/31/13 11:04 PM #3    

Jerry Thomas Akers

I liked Sonja mucho.  She was great to have as a friend.  Funny, great sense of humor, and a mind wackier and more twisted than my own.  Vaya con dios, querida amiga, from Akers at Roberts and John Tyler.

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