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Laverne Alene (Woods) Upchurch

Cemetery Plot: B-09-208-4

File #: 2130











5/11/2016 Glen Allen, MO



5/15/2016 Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery






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 Laverne Alene (Woods) Upchurch












LaVerne Alene Upchurch, 94 of Glen Allen, Mo., passed away at her home on May 11, 2016. Born on October 15, 1921, she was the third daughter of Otto and May Lambert Woods. She married Winferd Upchurch on November 9, 1944, in Corning, Ark. He passed away on March 9, 2012.

After graduating from Lutesville High School, LaVerne worked for the Bollinger County Extension office as a secretary. During WWII she worked in St. Louis at the US Cartridge Company ordinance plant. Following the war she and Winferd purchased a farm west of Glen Allen where they raised their family and worked together through difficulty and joy.

LaVerne felt great satisfaction in growing a bountiful garden to provide for her family, raising chickens for eggs to sell and use, and for several years, preparing, selling and delivering locally creamy Jersey milk

A gracious hostess, LaVerne fed hayhands, neighbors, and family. She always seemed to have a full cookie jar. At age 13 LaVerne was baptized and became a life-long member of the Glen Allen United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer. She loved music, flowers, reading, and especially children. She will be lovingly remembered for putting others first, for her kindness, cheerfulness, sense of humor and enduring strength

She is survived by two of the three children from her union with Winferd: Sharon Jean (Dwight) Robbins of Fredericktown, Mo.; and Steven (Marcia Thiele) Upchurch of Glen Allen; seven grandchildren: Michael Dwight (Tonya) Robbins, Lara Merielle (Robert) Owens; Jonathan Lynn Robbins; Robert Oscar (Tiffany) Upchurch; Karen Rose(T.J.) Null; Matt Winferd (Lacy) Upchurch; and Jenna Dawn (Lucas) Simmons and 16 great-grandchildren: Mya and Anna Robbins, Matt and Drew Owens, Daniel, Ethan, Ariel, Jared, and Cole Upchurch, Levi, Dinah and Lydia Null, Heidi and Zeke Upchurch, and Abbigail and Garret Simmons. Also surviving her is one sister, Ruth Chenoweth, of Cape Girardeau, and two sisters-in-law: Mary Elizabeth Woods and Jacquelyn (Keith) Huffman, both of Ironton, Mo.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her son, Winferd Lynn Upchurch, two brothers: Lester and Hugh Woods, and two sisters, Helen Spence and Bernadine Peters.

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo. Funeral services will be on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Glen Allen United Methodist Church. Rev. Kim Mitchell and grandson, Bob Upchurch, will officiate. Burial will follow in Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery near Marble Hill. Donations may be made in her memory to the Glen Allen United Methodist Church.




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