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LaVerne Amber Yager 1912 - 2014
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LaVerne Amber Yager 1912 - 2014

HOLYROOD — LaVerne Amber Yager, “Cuddy” to her friends, died on Jan. 17, in Lakewood, Colo. after living a rich and full life for over a century. The daughter of Charles and Lydia Hammon Waymire, LaVerne was born on Sept. 18, 1912 on a Kaw Indian farm near Kaw City, Okla. She attended a one room school taught by her sister Opal, graduated from Kaw City High School and then furthered her education at Hills Business College in Oklahoma City, Okla. She married Otis E. Yager July 6, 1933 in Kaw City, Okla. during the depths of the Great Depression and together they followed the developing oil fields across Oklahoma and Kansas, finally settling in Holyrood in 1939. She lived there for the next 72 years, the first 47 of them with Otis, until his passing in 1986. They were married for 53 years.
LaVerne was employed at the Ellsworth County Extension Office and the Ellsworth County Health Dept. She was Secretary at the Health Department when it was first established in Ellsworth County, working there until retirement in 1976. After retirement LaVerne and Otis traveled extensively, enjoying life on the road in their motor home; they loved to have the wheels turning under their feet.
She is preceded in death by her husband Otis; their son Glenn of Claflin; and her only sibling, Opal Waymire Beaty. She is survived by two sons, Lyle Yager and his wife Judy of Pismo Beach, Calif. and Carl Yager and his wife Garnette of Lakewood, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Kathryn Yager of Claflin, wife of late son Glenn Yager; four grandsons; three granddaughters; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was baptized into the Baptist Faith at Oklahoma City, Okla. and later became a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Holyrood. She was a 65 year member of Holyrood Order of Eastern Star, its Treasurer for 39 years, and a charter member of the Smoky Hill Campers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Holyrood officiated by the Rev. Deborah Rains, with members of Eastern Star participating. Burial will follow at the United Church of Christ Cemetery alongside her husband Otis. A A reception will be held after the burial in Fellowship Hall in the church lower floor. Memorials may be made to the Pastor’s Scholarship Fund at St. Paul’s Church of Christ, or to the donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Parsons Funeral Home**
PO Box 45
Ellsworth, Ks. 67439
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Jan. 21, 2014