Nina Louise Averett

July 13, 1942- March 2, 2024

Nina Louise Averett, beloved mother, devoted dietary cook and passionate lover of the great outdoors, passed away peacefully the morning of March 2, 2024, at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyo., at the age of 81, after bravely fighting pancreatic cancer.  
Nina was born on July 13, 1942, in Albany, Calif., to Enge Clayton and Jeni Louise (Onstraught) Yon. Her heart found its true home in the serene landscapes of the Big Horn Basin, where she spent the majority of her life. From a young age, Nina developed a deep appreciation for nature and all its wonders. She found solace and joy in rock hounding, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and nurturing animals of all kinds.  For 25 years, Nina dedicated her talents and passion to serving others as a dietary cook at the Wyoming Retirement Center. Her delicious meals nourished not only the bodies but also the spirits of those under her care, earning her the respect and gratitude of all who knew her.
 Beyond her professional pursuits, Nina’s greatest joy came from her role as a mother, bringing four children into this world: Jeni, Alan, Mitch and Stacy. Nina poured her heart into raising her children, imparting upon them her values of hard work, kindness and a deep connection to nature.  
In honoring Nina’s memory, let us cherish the moments spent together, celebrate her life and find comfort in the legacy of love and kindness she leaves behind. Though she may have bid farewell to this world, her spirit will forever remain a guiding light for those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Nina was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth Wayne Brown; daughter, Jeni Jones; son, Alan Bott; sisters, Peggy Deveraux and Ethal Keller; brothers, Harry and Donald Manning and grandchild Skyler Brown.
She is survived by her son, Mitch (Robin) Brown of Billings, Mont.; daughter, Stacy (Jason) Stockwell of Greybull, Wyo., and daughter-in-law, Jossette Bott Kern of Rock Springs, Wyo.; grandchildren: Chantel Bolton, Travis Bott, and Payton Brown, all of Rock Springs, and great-grandchildren Addeline and Malachi.
A celebration of life will be held at the Whaley Cemetery later this spring. Online condolences may be made at