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Laverne Amend

April 23, 1925 ~ April 29, 2014

Emily Laverne Amend was born April 23, 1925 on the family farm, the daughter of Joseph S. and Lola E. (Tibbits) Patton. She was the third of four children.

After a brief illness, Laverne was able to return to her home with care provided by Sarah, Kathy, Gail and other family members. It was at her home, in her own time, she passed away on Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014. She was 89 years old.

Laverne was a retired educator, ministers wife and homemaker. She graduated from Caldwell High School in 1943 and attended Northwestern University, where she graduated with a degree in education. She started her teaching career, and while teaching in Caldwell met Glenn Amend. They married July 8, 1956, and started their journey of ministry in the United Methodist Church. During her life, Laverne taught elementary school for 34 years, traveled with Glenn to many countries and across the United States, and served her church and community in many ways. She was active in UMW, Drury Stars, PEO, Senior Center, Historical Society, Czech Chapter #1, MYF, and several other organizations. Laverne continued to serve her community and church beyond her retirement, volunteering, tutoring, helping 4-Hers make award winning baked goods. Laverne was an excellent cook, seamstress and loved to entertain. Her favorite symbol, the pineapple, represents hospitality, which she was very well known for. Laverne loved to play cards and was an avid sports fan. “Rock Chalk Jayhawk”!

Laverne is survived by her daughter Sarah Margaret Gray; and grandsons, Nathan Gray, Adam Gray, and step-granddaughter Terra Gray; great-granddaughter Marcelene Quinn; brother Don Patton and his wife Anna Mae, sister in-law Lela Patton; and many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother in-law, Lucille and Edwin Bruey; niece Deanna Bruey Norris and brother Jim Patton.

A funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell, KS.

Memorials may be given in memory of Laverne to the Heifer Project, the Caldwell Senior Center or to the Caldwell Recycling Center.

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Mickey and Patty (Bruey) Tidwell

Family and Friends - 04/30/2014

We are sorry to hear of Laverne's passing. She was a kind, strong lady and I'm glad she let me call her "Aunt" Laverne. May God comfort you with warm memories of her life and may you draw strength in knowing she is now at peace and enjoying the glories of her heavenly home.


Jeannine Crum

Family and Friends - 05/01/2014

Laverne's life was a blessing to many. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm, energy, and love of family.


Laverne Chapman

Family and Friends - 05/01/2014

So sorry to hear of Laverne's passing. We used to get a kick out of saying "Hello Laverne" to each other. She made the best Coconut Cream Pie I have ever tasted. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family.


Pamela Lee

Family and Friends - 05/02/2014

Laverne was one of the most compassionate and strong women I've ever known. She was not only my 5th grade teacher but the mother of one of my best friends. She will be greatly missed by all. My deepest condolences to the family.



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