LaVerne Marian Glendenning, daughter of Melvin & Ida (Bittner) Smith was born September 8, 1932 at Fontanelle, Iowa. LaVerne always referred to Fontanelle as “God’s country”. She attended and graduated from Fontanelle High School. LaVerne went on to graduate from Creston Community College with a teaching degree. She taught at Diagonal Community School. LaVerne also worked for as a switch board operator at the Mount Ayr telephone company.
On December 22, 1951, LaVerne married Lloyd H. Glendenning in Fontanelle, IA.
LaVerne enrolled in Graceland University and earned a B.S. degree in 1976. She worked nearly 33 years for the Ringgold County Department of Human Services helping families and protecting children.
LaVerne partnered with Velda Pierson and they owned & operated LaVel’s Dress Shop in Mount Ayr for several years; later becoming LaVerne’s Boutique.
LaVerne enjoyed racing and was very supportive of Lloyd, Paul and car #33. LaVerne & Lloyd loved dancing and following big band music. She loved her grandchildren and was a chauffeur for them on dentist trips and other occasions. She’ll be remembered as a collector of dolls and cookbooks.
LaVerne passed away July 1, 2019 at the Ringgold County Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Norma (Dick) Bolton; nephews Jim Bolton and Larry Bolton; brother-in-law Max (Donna) Glendenning.
LaVerne is survived by her husband Lloyd of Mount Ayr; sons Paul (Cease Olson) Glendenning of Mount Ayr and Todd (Angie) Glendenning of Redding; grandchildren Kelsey (Kody) Larsen of Ankeny, Jake Glendenning of Prairie Village, KS, Hannah Glendenning and Blair Glendenning of Redding, Tya Wilson of Corning; great grandsons Makade and Liam Wilson; Lywanda Case of Mount Ayr, whom she thought of as a daughter; niece Kathi (Ed) Christensen of Greenfield, IA.
Services: 10:30 a.m. – Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Visitation: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, July 5
Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, July 5 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr, Iowa
Memorials: In her name to be decided later
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