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Antonette Thevenin remembered as the ‘glue’ that kept family, friends together

Antonette Thevenin sometimes played a trick when her sister Gina Marie Brown was about to leave her home.

Thevenin, 31, would hide her sister's keys or purse. Brown would prepare to go, and Thevenin would tell her about the items she'd hid.

"She was trying to keep us there all together," Brown remembered.

Called a loving, honest and sincere person by her friends and family, Thevenin died Saturday night after an ATV wreck on Old Coach Way. Carlee Marie D'Arata, 28, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death.

Thevenin's mother, Trish Strom, said the number of calls and texts she's received over the past few days from people who knew her daughter has overwhelmed her. One woman, who met Thevenin in junior high school, said that Strom's daughter changed her life during a chance meeting at a corner store.

"I had no idea how many lives she had touched," Strom said.

Thevenin was a loving friend, as well as mother to Nevaeh, who turns 10 next week. Amanda Lee, a close friend of Thevenin, called her the glue that kept friends and family together.

"Family is everything to her," Lee said.

Thevenin attended Nevada Union and Sierra Mountain high schools. At Sierra Mountain she met Tyler West, the father of her child, with whom she remained friends, Brown said.

Four years ago Brown's sister met Jake Thevenin, whom she married. Thevenin's husband died last year in his sleep a week before their one-year anniversary, Brown said.

Thevenin was born almost two decades after her older sisters.

"She really was our baby," Brown said. "She was our kid, our sister."

Thevenin loved traveling, recently taking a trip to Maui with friend Carey Lazuka. The two friends worked together at Chapa-De Indian Health, where Thevenin was a dental treatment coordinator.

"She was just a very well-liked employee here," said Lisa Davies, CEO of Chapa-De. "I would just define her as caring, super smart."

Lazuka said Thevenin remembered everyone she met and considered them friends.

"Anyone she would meet, she would make an influence on their life," Lazuka said. "So many people are broken about this."

A service for Thevenin is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 13 at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.