La-Verne C. McQuillan was born May 29, 1927 to William E. and Bessie Warden Hapgood and passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the age of 92 years, 11 months and 1 day.
La-Verne married Dr. Walter R. McQuillan on February 10, 1947 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
“Time well spent leads to a life well lived.” This quote embodies La-Verne’s strong appetite for life and strength of character. Whether she was out enjoying her time at bingo or sitting enjoying dinner with her family she brought smiles to everyone around her. Even at the end she was making the nurses laugh around her. As she became confined to her bed, her constant companion was her little dog, Baby.
La-Verne spent many years working as a house-mom to nursing students at Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She later worked at Brown Shoe Company in Steelville, Missouri.
Holidays were filled with excitement, as she spent days baking pies, cakes, cobblers, and cookies. She also empowered her children to face life as it came, never backing down or surrendering but meeting it with strength and courage
La-Verne cared for Walter her husband of 58 years until he passed away. Her daughter, Sue, cared for La-Verne until she passed away.
She was preceded in death by husband, Walter; her father, William Hapgood; son, Robert J. McQuillan; mother, Bessie Bergman; step father, Elmer Bergman; grandfather and grandmother, William Ratley and Cora Turnbough Ratley; sister, Gloria (Clifford) Boulch Sr.; nephews, Clifford Boulch Jr. and Gary Boulch; and two infant sons, Douglas McQuillan, and Mark McQuillan.
She is survived by her three children, Patricia Lee and Susan McQuillan of Steelville, Missouri and Michael McQuillan of Holiday, Florida; three grandchildren, Tom Donnell of Rolla, Missouri, Sherry and husband Michael Trebilcock of Alvin, Texas and Chris McQuillan of Steelville, Missouri; five great grandchildren Amanda Trebilcock and Joseph Trebilcock, Krista McQuillan, Bethany Donnell and Benjamin Donnell; four great great grandchildren, Emma, Cassie and Matthew Swain and Amber Parish.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Steelville, Missouri with Father Dan Lueckenotte officiating. Organ music was provided by Pat Elders. Other music of “Amazing Grace” and “Softly and Tenderly” were sung and played by Bob and Carol Coleman. The funeral mass was Live streamed.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.
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