A lifetime resident of the area, Verl Levere (nee Byrd) of Morrisburg, passed away at the Hartford Retirement Home in Morrisburg on Friday, January 4, 2013. She was 91.
Verl was born on the family farm in Mountain Township, on December 9, 1921, to her parents Alfred and Nettie (Baker) Byrd. She attended public school at the North Mountain Consolidated School at Hallville.
Prior to getting married, Verl worked at the Golden Glove Works in Prescott.
On April 24, 1943, she married Clarence Levere at her family home in Van Camp, in Mountain Township.
Following their marriage Clarence and Verl took up residence at R.R. # 1, Brinston where they owned and operated both a dairy and a beef farm.
In January 1965, they established “Levere’s Meat Market and Slaughter House” where they worked alongside each other, until they retired and moved to Morrisburg in 1987.
Since moving to Morrisburg, Verl participated in the SSS Christian Women’s Group and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed bowling, shuffle board and participating in the local Euchre Marathon.
Verl was a member of Hanesville United Church until its closing in 1976, after which she became a member of Brinston United Church.
Upon moving to Morrisburg, she was a member of Lakeshore Drive United Church.
Verl was a great cook, loved to write poems, was a self-taught artist and an accomplished seamstress. She loved to sing and to step dance, played the piano by ear and loved to entertain the residents with her harmonica.
Verl is survived by daughters: Carole Warren and Joan (Lawrence) Larocque of Morrisburg, and by sons Doug (Bev) of Ottawa and Roger (Tom) of Toronto.
Verl will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Cindy (Jim) Bennis, Leisa (Ernie) Beckstead, Todd (Tracey) Larocque, Melanie Warren (Patrick Burke), Jo-Anne (Wayne) Minish, Sara Warren, Dustin Levere and great-grandchildren Quinn, Lucas and Jonah Bennis, Marc and Cole Beckstead, Alek, Kamryn and Callam Larocque, Hannah Warren, Harrison Burke, Drew and Colin Minish.
She is survived by sisters-in-law Cora Byrd of Kemptville, Verna Levere of Cornwall and Edna Levere of Morrisburg and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Clarence (1998), her infant son Reginald (1958), her grandson Devin Levere (November 2012), her sisters Gertie Christie, Elva Merkley, Grace Perry and her brothers Lloyd, John, Clayton and Sanford Byrd.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 8th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.
Verl was honoured by having all of her grandchildren participate in her funeral service.
Jo-Anne Minish played piano for the service. Todd Larocque sang a solo of Grandma’s favorite hymn “Where We’ll Never Grow Old”. Jo-Anne followed with a verse of this same hymn played on Verl’s harmonica.
Melanie Warren joined Todd and Jo-Anne to sing “Blessed Assurance” and “How Great Thou Art”.
Cindy Bennis and Leisa Beckstead each read one of her favorite poems “If I Had Known” and “A Bend in the Road”. Sara Warren placed a heart pin on grandma’s blouse.
Grandsons Dustin Levere, Todd Larocque, Jim Bennis, Ernie Beckstead, Wayne Minish and Patrick Burke were pallbearers.
Donations to Lakeshore Drive United Church or C.H.E.O. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Spring interment will be at South Gower Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.