Our beloved mom, grandmother and sister passed away on February 5, 2020 in Pocatello, ID. Lea Denny was born January 27, 1955 in Pocatello, ID to James “Tuffy” Denny and Vernetta Broncho Phears. Lea was raised both in Blackfoot and on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. She attended school in Blackfoot, received her GED and later attended and completed training at Barber College in Cleveland, Ohio in the 70’s. She was an accomplished barber.
In 1972, Lea moved to Ogden, Utah and lived there until 1998 when she returned to Idaho. In 2003, she moved to Las Vegas, NV until 2007 when she again returned to Idaho to help take care of her mother until she passed. Lea returned to Las Vegas in 2017 to enjoy her retirement and spend time with her son and cherished grandson. Unfortunately, her health started to fail, and she then desired to return to Idaho to regain her health at home, where she grew up. She died unexpectedly at Portneuf Medical Center at 65 years of age.
Lea worked as a Security Surveillance Officer, Casino Cage Worker, Casino floor employee for many, many years. She also worked at the Fort Hall Trading Post in the Bakery Department and at the Chubbuck Walmart in the Photo Lab. With her exceptional barber skills, Lea also cut hair for many friends and family.
Lea had vast interests. She enjoyed spending time with family, cleaning family cemeteries, partaking in craft making, baking, watching documentaries and traveling. Lea relished researching family history, she worked on the Broncho family blood degree to ensure future generations be recognized as Tribal members and ensure that the family blood degree was not lowered. Lea was a great mother to her children, she did everything she could to make sure that her family was taken care of. Later in life she became a grandmother and found great joy watching her grandson grow up and as her only grandchild she showered him with love and lots of gifts. She loved music of all genres, especially Native American music, she loved the mystique of Big Foot and Aliens UFO’s. She was also a member of the Native American Church.
Lea is survived by her son, Roshon Lavine, Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Lexie Spence, Fort Hall, ID; adored grandson, Braylon Lavine, Las Vegas, NV; brother, Dexter Denny, Fort Hall and brother, Deland Denny, Rocky Boy, MT. She was preceded in death by James “Tuffy” Denny her father, her mother, Vernetta Phears and sisters, Lorie and Coretta Denny.
Lea's wishes were to be cremated. She will be laid to rest at the Gibson Cemetery on Memorial Day.
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