Anna La Verne Avery
August 15, 1934  -  March 1, 2019

Anna La Verne Avery

Marathon First Baptist Church
107 NE 3rd Street
Marathon, TX  79842
Monday, March 4, 2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Marathon Elementry School Auditotium
109 North 5th Street
Marathon, TX  79842
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
2:00 PM
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Marathon Cemetery
East Street
Marathon, TX  79842
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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 schools where she graduated. She married Durwood Dean Avery on October 15, 1951 in Ojinaga, Mexico.
LaVerne and Durwood had 5 children and a life filled with camping, RVing, dancing, fishing, cooking, game playing, and a lot of joyful memories with family and friends.
Visitation was held on Monday, March 4th at Marathon First Baptist Church, with funeral services being held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the Marathon Elementary School Auditorium, with burial following at the Marathon Cemetery.
LaVerne went to Sul Ross State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. She taught school for 48+ years in Hildalgo 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, a good prank, and she loved to laugh. She was an amazing story-teller 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, a member of the Quilting Club, and a member of the Marathon Library Book Club. She was never a person to turn down a challenge – and she worked hard to become a participant in the Marathon 2 Marathon 5k run on October 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, three sons, Bill and wife Ivie of Barnhart, Mike and wife Jana of Odessa, Lonny of Alpine, two sisters Emma “Sis” Hudman and husband Robert of Albany, and Nonita “Snookie” Brown of McCamey and one cousin/brother Macky Shackelford and wife Marilyn of Marathon. She had 12 grandchildren, Clint Roberts, Will Roberts, John Skinner, Thomas Skinner, Justin Avery, Wesley Avery, Tiffany Redman, Cade Avery, Creed Avery, Kirstie Avery, and KC Avery, 15 great grandchildren, 1 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.
Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Alpine Memorial Funeral Home.
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  1. Zaul Mancha
    El Paso, TX

    I am saddened to the passing of Mrs. Avery. Such a wonderful person , good teacher, and certainly a good influence in my life. What a role model she was. May your grief be short and your lives filled with love and memories of Mrs. Avery.

  2. Tim & Cathy Sellman
    Big Lake, TX

    🙏🙏 for the Family. I remember all the good stories Bill would tell about him Mother.
    Tim & Cathy Sellman

  3. April Bromser Robertson
    Gatesville, TX

    Dearest Trish and boys, my most sincere condolences to you all. I have many memories of your mom when I taught with you both. She was a true inspiration to me and taught me so much. I will be keeping you all in my prayers.

  4. Warren kneupper
    McCamey, TX

    Words cannot express how much this lady ment to me

  5. Noel Fierro
    Alvin, TX

    Wishing all the family and close friends of this wonderful woman my most sincere condolences! The only teacher that I remember from my elementary years! Rest in eternal peace Mrs. Avery!

  6. Billy Pat Jr. & Bonnie McKinney
    Del Rio, TX

    LaVerne was truly a great friend to one and all, she had the most infectious laugh, she treated everyone with respect and she shaped the lives of so many children in her long tenure as a teacher all over the Big Bend Region. She was family, a friend, and my quilting buddy... she will be missed by everyone.

  7. Sissy Schoenfeldt
    Alpine, TX

    Prayers for the family and for her friends. She left her mark on many hearts and lives and will be missed by all.

  8. Mark Goen
    Millsap, TX

    La Verne Avery I knew thru her kids , she was a parent to her children, as she was always their for them, she live by being a good example, and she was a good one, She was a great parent.

  9. Kay Love
    Stockdale, TX

    What a wonderful lady. Truly a life to be celebrated and joyfully remembered.

  10. Barbara Garcia
    Ft Worth, TX

    Laverne Avery will forever be loved and remembered by friends and family. If you were her friend, you were her family, she was best friend her children grandchildren and great grandchildren, a role model and inspiration to everyone. To know her was to love her 💕Barbara Garcia 3/3/2019

  11. Betty nester bryant
    Harper, TX

    A wonderful person and i know she will be missed. My brotherinlaw was her brother jerry gulihur

  12. Nonita "Snookie" Brown
    McCamey, TX

    With a heavy heart, I had to say goodby to a wonderful sister, mentor and 2nd Mama on Friday, March 1st. I find tremendous comfort, however, to know I will see her again one day! Luv ya, Snook

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