Laverne Murry, whose formal name was Opal Laverne Murry, was born June 3, 1914, in Canton, Texas.
Laverne married Chester Harris on August 11, 1934, and they had one son, Grady Lynn Harris, who was born on her birthday, June 3, 1948. Chester Harris died in 1969. She remarried in January 1989, to Bill Murry in Corsicana, Texas, and he preceded her in death on March 20, 1995.
Laverne lived in Corsicana, Texas, from 1956 – 2003, where she was a professional seamstress; an active member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana; involved as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Corsicana, and volunteered with the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at a local hospital in Corsicana. When she was able, Laverne enjoyed playing Chicken Foot, Skipbo, and Bingo. She drove her own car until she was nearly 88 years old, until macular degeneration made it difficult for her to see.
Laverne moved to San Saba, Texas, to live with her son, Grady and his wife, Georgia, in 2003. As her Parkinson’s Disease progressed, she was admitted to the Eventide Nursing Home in San Saba, Texas, where, for nearly six (6) years, she was lovingly cared for. When she moved to San Saba, she became a member of the First Baptist Church in San Saba.
Although as a small child Laverne knew the pain of being abandoned by her mother on a street when she was only six (6) years old, she was taken in by her Uncle Will Gillen and her Aunt Fanny Gillen. The Gillens had no other children and showered her with all the love any child could ask for.
Two things were very important in her life. One was the love of her life, her only child and son, Grady Harris, and the other was her love for the Lord. She was very involved in her church in Corsicana and a member of the First Baptist Church, Joy Women’s Bible Class in San Saba.
Laverne leaves behind her son Grady and his wife, Georgia; and grandchildren who adored her.
She passed peacefully from this life with her son and daughter-in-law present at the Eventide Nursing Home. While she will be greatly missed, she had the best Mother’s Day yet, rejoicing with those who have gone on before her and being in the presence of Jesus, her Lord.
The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Monday evening at the Howell-Doran Funeral Home Chapel in San Saba. She was then taken to the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana on Tuesday, May 11, where family received friends from 12:00 – 2:00 P. M. A graveside service followed at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana at 3:00 P. M.
The family requests memorials are made to The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.