LaVerne was born in Helena, Montana on December 15, 1920, the daughter of Walter Warren and Margaret McElhaney. She married Alfred Beck on October 27, 1941. This marriage was blessed with two daughters, Trudy and Julie. She later married Grant Spear and two step-daughters, Sally and Sue, joined the family.
LaVerne was part of an early day pioneer family in the Helena Valley. The Pioneer Cabin in Last Chance Gulch was her grandparents home and still remains as a landmark in historic Helena. LaVerne lost her mother at an early age and spent many years with her sisters in an orphanage. She began working at the young age of 12 as a housemaid in the home of Judge Stewart in Helena.
LaVerne was adventurous and some of her most memorable experiences included travel throughout Mexico, Ireland, and Alaska. In her later years, she returned to her hometown of Helena where she coordinated the Mended Hearts program at St. Peters Hospital and renewed old friendships. In 2005, LaVerne moved to the Eagles Manor in Miles City where she met many dear friends. She most recently lived at the Extended Care Unit at Holy Rosary Hospital and felt tremendously blessed to have such excellent care and good friendships.
LaVerne had a love of learning her entire life. She attended Montana State College in Bozeman and worked as an accountant for Kaiser Permanente in Montana and Oakland, California; finishing her work career in Seattle coordinating supplies for Alaska construction companies. She was a handwriting analyst and a licensed Master Graphologist which was a logical extension of her love for mystery stories.
LaVerne was a wonderful cook and seamstress. She spent twenty years as a 4-H leader teaching her daughters and others to appreciate life skills. LaVerne made friends wherever she went and always took notice of the needs of others. She deeply loved her family and had a unique way of making each one of them feel special in her life. LaVerne had an exceptionally close bond with both of her daughters, Trudy and Julie, and she will be greatly missed in their daily lives. Her courage and determination were an inspiration to all who knew her. LaVerne was loved by many and was an incredibly classy lady!
She is survived by her two daughters: Trudy (Harry) Angel of Seattle, WA and Julie (Butch) Krutzfeldt of Miles City; two step-daughters: Sally (Bill) Bauer of Leavenworth, WA and Sue (Gary) Marchioro of Salem, OR; a sister Dorothy McEnaney of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Janette (Corey) Jone's; Steve (Julie) Krutzfeldt; Jeanie (Andrew) Kalotay; Tyler (Pamela) Krutzfeldt; Carrie (Jon) David; Jeff (Sandra) Marchioro; Cindy Marchioro; and thirteen great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 with the family receiving friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.