Obituary for LaVerne R. Boyd (Thieleman)
Mrs. LaVerne Ruth Boyd passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Ennis surrounded by her loving family.
LaVerne was born November 8, 1923 in Handley, Texas to Walter L. and Bertha Mustard Thieleman. She married Gene Boyd, December 21, 1944 in Dallas. LaVerne and Gene had a daughter, Barbara Eileen, and lived in a studio apartment. Two more children came along several years later, Robert Gene and Linda Lee.
LaVerne worked not only as a housewife and mother, but worked as the bookkeeper for their store, Gibson’s Discount Center in Mexia, Texas.. Following Gene’s retirement, they moved to Waco and continued their mission endeavors with World Hunger Relief, HANDS, and Texas Baptist Men until his death in 1989. Gene and LaVerne were also active in Masonic and Eastern Star activities.
She moved from Waco back to Mexia, after Gene’s death, and resumed the many friendships she had in the community. She was instrumental in starting an exercise group for senior adults at First Baptist Church, as well as participating in the “Symphonie” orchestra.
In 2002, LaVerne moved from Mexia to Ennis to be closer to her daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Aubrey. She continued to be active with the senior adults in the Tabernacle Baptist Church and in her apartment complex until her health demanded she transition to assisted living. She moved in with Barbara and Aubrey in 2011 where she stayed for six years, until her health again demanded she transition to long term care in 2017.
She was blessed to have such a loving and caring family. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren brought her so much pleasure and she adored them all.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; and sisters, Dorothy Moreland and Walterine Thieleman.
She is survived by her children, Barbara Boyd Jones and husband Aubrey of Ennis, Robert Gene Boyd and wife Paula of Waco and Linda Boyd Brannon and husband David of Northboro, MA, Grandchildren, Karen Elizabeth Patrick and husband Rick, Christopher Pratt Jones and wife Sylvia, Brian Farris Jones and wife Joyce, Benjamin Gene Boyd and wife Courtney, Sarah Lindley Lester and husband Tim, Thomas Maeker Boyd and wife Kendra, Jonathan Wayne Brannon and wife Kate, Laura Ruth Halloran and husband Kevin, Mary Catherine Brannon and Katie Lee Neidig and husband AJ, Great Grandchildren, Tyler John Patrick, Evan Thomas Patrick, Abigail Smith, Bain Boyd Smith, Lindsey Smith, Zoe Isabella Jones, Aidan Patrick Jones, Kayleigh Joyce Jones, Hunter Beck Boyd, Brittyn Jane Boyd, James Thomas Lester, Emma Elizabeth Boyd, Austyn Elisabeth Galloway, Emersyn Marie Brannon, Rory Eugene Charles Halloran, Ella Ruth Halloran, Lenore Beverly Lembo and Georgia Lee Neidig, Great Great Grandchildren, Beckett Almon, Emerson Almon and Sophia Smith, Sister, Cora Mae (Pat) Walker of Takoma, WA, and close family friend, Maria Tovar Hernandez of Waco, TX.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Mexia with Dr. Rick Patrick and Reverend Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Mexia cemetery with her Grandsons and Great Grandsons serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 12:30 until service time at the First Baptist Church in Mexia.
Memorials may be made to Ennis Care Center, 1200 S. Hall St., Ennis, Texas 75119 or Mission Organization of choice.