LaVerne Higgins Lewis was born May 18, 1927, to Sam and Eunice Higgins in Maypearl, Texas. She passed away December 13, 2017. LaVerne married the love of her life, James H. Lewis, during World War II on December 24, 1943. They were blessed with 68 wonderful years together.
She met James when she was 14 at the Dairyland Ice Cream Shoppe in downtown Waxahachie. It was love at first sight for both of them. Their marriage was an example of unconditional love for anyone who knew them. They enjoyed traveling, especially to Red River, NM, with their family and friends. But most of all, they loved being surrounded by their family on all of the many occasions at their home in the country. LaVerne loved her home and made all who came feel welcome.
Her three children, Susan, David, and Stan, know that they had a 'mother above all mothers.' Proverbs 31, they feel, was written about 'their mother,' LaVerne. They would tell you at any given time that she was the 'best mother in the world.' She sacrificed her everything so that her children would never do without. She made their home a place of warmth, laughter, and love. Until the day she went home to be with the Lord, she was constantly concerned about their every need.
She was Nana to her eight grandchildren. They were so blessed to have a grandmother like her. She would always put them first, giving up her own activities and pleasures of life to take care of them. One could always see her picking up grandchildren after school. She would take them for a special treat to Motts, the Bestburger, or best of all to her home for homemade hamburgers and french fries. As the grandchildren all got older, she and Gandy, as James was called, would attend all of the sporting events their grandchildren were involved in. Many times those around her would have to calm her down, as she would get so upset at a 'bad call' the umpire would make on her grandsons at a baseball game down at Richards Park.
She & Gandy always made 'every' holiday & birthday special for everyone. LaVerne was always baking cakes and candies for all occasions for their friends and loved ones. If there was a need she was always there to help and to lift ones' spirit with her infectious personality.
She loved her church, First United Methodist, and her beloved Fedilis Sunday School Class. She served in many ways at the church as a children's Sunday school teacher, in the Women's Ministries, and teaching Vacation Bible School.
During the last years of LaVerne's life, she demonstrated a strength that her family and friends will never forget. Her physical condition, because of the debilitating disease, ataxia, took away all of her ability to enjoy life the way she had known it. Even though she was confined physically in so many ways, she always had her fun-loving quick wit about her. Her last days were spent at the Legend Oaks Waxahachie. At any time, one could always see her with everyone gathered in her room with her being the life of the party.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James, her parents, Sam and Eunice Higgins; her four brothers, Gerald, Talmadge, James, and Kees Higgins, her son-law, Ray Clymore, infant grandson, Andrew Todd Lewis and an infant granddaughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Clymore, sons Dr. James David Lewis & wife, Margo, & Stanley H. Lewis & wife, Diane all from Waxahachie: grandchildren Misti Harriss and husband Robin, Wess Winn and wife Elizabeth,Emilie McDowell and husband Chris, Jamie Harper, John Lewis, Matt Lewis and wife Cassie, James Lewis and wife Holly, Brooke Lewis; great grandchildren, Winn, Adalee, BG, Belle, Audrey, Lily, Ella, Noah, Evan, Willa, Hollis, Cormack, Grayson: and three step-granddaughters, Laura Tracy and husband Patrick, Leslie Majors, and husband John, and Lindsay Marhold, and husband Scott, and her precious roommate, Ruby Sudder.
The family would like to thank from the bottom of theirs hearts the doctors, nurses, staff, & volunteers at the Legend Oaks in Waxahachie, Midlothian Care Center, Italy Trinity Mission, and all of Mother's friends who would take the time out of their busy schedules to visit with her. The last days of our Mother's life were made richer because of all of you.
Serving as LaVerne's pallbearers will be her grandsons, great-grandson, and nephews, Wess Winn, Matt Lewis, James Lewis, John Lewis, Robin Harriss, Chris Mc Dowell, BG Winn, Doug Higgins, John Higgins. Reed Higgins, Sam Higgins, Tom Higgins, Greg Hodges, Gary Hodges and Don McElroy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom C. Morris, Tommy Morris, Frank McCoy, Dave Reid, Randy Roper, John Thornhill, Tammy Golightly, Sharonda Agent, Frank Harrell, Betty Weatherford, and Don Walker.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at 1 P.M. at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Waxahachie, with a Funeral Service directly following at 2 P.M. with Rev. Ron Bellomy officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Burial Park.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 West Main Street, Waxahachie, Texas, 971-937-2211.