Mar 31, 1934 - Sep 17, 2016
Sevella Levone Perry entered into His rest on September 17, 2016 in Sacramento California at the age of 82. Levone passed from complications after a fall and pneumonia. She is preceded in death by parents, Ruth and James Bynum; husbands, Cliff Pennington & Glenn Butts; sister, Margaret Bynum and brother, Delbert Bynum. She is survived by husband, Donald E Perry, and children, Myron Pennington, Gina Pennington, Brian Pennington and Margaret Pennington-Lamb, 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 7 step children and ¬¬21step grand and great grandchildren; and brother, James “Marvin” Bynum
Levone was born at a very small 4.1 pounds in Silo, Oklahoma in March 31, 1934. Although she was very tiny coming into this world, she made her mark in the short 82 years that she was here. She loved life, family and fun.
Moving to California in 1941, she grew up in the small town of Gridley. She married her first husband of 35 years at a young age of 17. They lived in various California towns like Eureka, San Jose, Concord, Rancho Cordova, Galt and Sacrameto. Levone and Cliff had four children, Myron, Gina, Margaret and Brian. Levone and Cliff had a ranch in the Galt area where Levone participated in true farm living. She was known to help in delivering of baby calves, provide animal inoculations, irrigating the fields, gardening and canning. Levone also assisted Cliff in his real estate office. She later worked and retired from Raley’s grocers.
After Cliff’s passing, Levone married Glenn Butts. They lived in Sacramento until his death in 2006. The two of them loved to entertain and play pinnacle, go on cruises, short trips to the ocean and jeep on the Rubicon with their jeep club. At her passing, she was married to Donald E. Perry living in Sacramento, as well. Don and Levone also loved to play pinnacle. They loved their dogs, Princess and Rollex and became known as mommy and daddy to them. Levone was a very devoted Kings fan and even when she was not feeling well she could yell at the team while watching them on TV until she was hoarse.¬¬ Don and Levone were very strong in their political views and followed the election cycles fervently.
As a devout Christian, Levone served in various capacities in various churches. She is a member of Southpointe Christian Center. Her favorite thing at church until she was in her 70s was to sing on the worship team. When she was a teenager in Gridley, Levone and her best friend would sing duets for the church. She loved to encourage and pray for people and became known as Mom and Grandma to many.
Levone loved family and had lots of them. Her current husband tells the story that no matter where they traveled, she had a cousin living there. She had a way of making each family member feel special. She loved entertaining and cooked incredible meals for everyone. Mom remembered all her kids and grandkids birthdays by calling them and singing the worst, (intentional) off key, happy birthday song ever. The family loved getting those calls.
She had such a great sense of humor and was a practical joker. We were always aware of April 1 as she would think of jokes to play on us. I am not sure which was her favorite day, April 1 or her birthday or Christmas. We often commented that she did not just have a birthday but a birthmonth. She celebrated all month with family and friends. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. She loved to sing Christmas Carols and decorate her Christmas tree extra special. Friends and family looked forward to seeing her beautiful decorated house each year. She will be missed by numerous friends and relatives. To know her was to love her!
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA