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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:51 am

Anna LaVerne Avery was born August 14, 1934 to Fred and Anita Guilihur. LaVerne was born in the Blas Payne ranch house on the Coombs Cattle Company Ranch. She was raised at Santiago Peak and Rosillas Mountains with her parents and siblings. She attended Marathon, Texas, schools where she graduated. She married Durwood Dean Avery on October 15, 1951 in Ojinaga, Mexico.

La Verne and Durwood had five children, and a life filled with camping, RVing, dancing, fishing, cooking, game playing, and a lot of joyful memories with family and friends.

 LaVerne went to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas and graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She taught school for more than 48 years in Hidalgo Ward School, Marathon Elementary, Odessa Blackshear Magnet School, and Presidio Elementary.

She had a tremendous gift and passion for teaching kids to read and to love school. Upon retiring, she received her cosmetology license, and operated her own salon in Marathon. LaVerne came out of retirement and returned to teaching where her heart truly was, with kids and watching them learn. She taught generations of families, and poured her heart into her classroom, Easter egg hunts at her house, kindergarten graduations, and endless school parties.

LaVerne loved quilting, gardening, RVing, dancing, and playing all sorts of games with family and friends where winning was the only option. She was well known for her homemade jellies, homemade biscuits and gravy, homemade rolls, and the most beautiful handmade quilts. She loved working with her hands, and she was a hard worker in all she did.

LaVerne loved life. She loved a good joke and a good prank, and she love to laugh. She was an amazing storyteller and could remember names, dates, and places in great detail. She loved the Big Bend area, and enjoyed being a part of it her whole life.

LaVerne was a lifetime member of the Marathon Methodist Church, a current parishioner of the Marathon Baptist Church, a member of the Marathon Cemetery Association, the Quilting Club, and the Marathon Library Book Club. She was never a person to turn down a challenge, and she worked hard to participate in the Marathon 2 Marathon 5K run on Oct. 27, 2018 where she won first in her age group! She left all of her family participants behind in the process of earning her medal. Winning was truly her only option.

LaVerne lived a life of hard work, respect, commitment, loyalty, determination, love, forgiveness, and perseverance. She was a servant to all, a true friend, a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother that left her mark on every heart and life she touched. She was a hero to many and a legacy to follow. She was a humble person who constantly, until the day she passed, put the feelings and needs of others ahead of her own. She was truly loved by all.

LaVerne is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Duke and Jeri Lyn Skinner, both of Midland, Texas; three sons, Bill and wife Ivie of Barnhart, Texas, Mike and wife Jana of Odessa, Texas, and Lonny of Alpine; two sisters, Emma “Sis” Hudman and husband Robert of Albany, Texas, and Nonita “Snookie” Brown of McCamey, Texas; and one cousin/brother Macky Shackelford and wife Marilyn of Marathon. She had 12 grandchildren - Clint Roberts, Will Roberts, Timothy Roberts, John Skinner, Thomas Skinner, Justin Avery, Wesley Avery, Tiffany Redman, Cade Avery, Creed Avery, Kirstie Avery, and KC Avery; 15 great grandchildren, one soon to be great great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Durwood Dean Avery; her parents Fred and Anita Gulihur; one sister, Rita “Tinky” Martin; two brothers, Norman “Shug” Gulihur and Jerry Gulihur; one grandson, Donny Roberts; and one great grandson, Jacob Roberts.

LaVerne left behind countless memories of love, friendship, laughter, home-cooked meals and an endless love for life.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren Clint Roberts, Will Roberts, John Skinner, Thomas Skinner, Justin Avery, Wesley Avery, Tiffany Redman, Cade Avery, Creed Avery, Kirstie Avery, KC Avery, and Timothy Roberts.

Alpine Memorial Funeral Home was entrusted with her services. Online condolences may be made at alpinememoriafuneralhome.com.

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Junior Victoria Lancaster takes a long shot from the fairway at Alpine Country Club on March 12. The Lady Bucks won their home town invitational on Tuesday defeating teams from Fort Davis, Fort Stockton, Marfa and Sierra Blanca. 

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