Grand Island — LaVerne Esther Haynes, 101, of Grand Island, formerly of O'Neill, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 at Azria Heath Nursing Home in Grand Island.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in O'Neill. Pastor Brian Loy will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in O'Neill or the American Red Cross.

Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill is in charge of the arrangements.

LaVerne was born on Oct. 24, 1918 near Osmond to Peter and Alma (Fuelberth) Nissen. She grew up on a farm near Page and graduated from Page High School in 1936.  

LaVerne married Laurence Haynes on Jan 14, 1940 in Page.  To this union five children were born Larry, Lynda, Lonna, Laurell and LeEllen.  

When Laurence entered the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942, she followed him to his stations in Texas and California. In 1948, they finally settled in O’Neill where LaVerne dedicated her life to her family and community. 

She was the ultimate volunteer for her children’s many activities and served others through church work, Meals-on-Wheels and Red Cross blood drives.  

LaVerne was a member of O’Neill United Methodist Church.  

LaVerne loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and many friends. The kitchen was the center of the home and she always had fresh baked cookies ready for anyone who dropped by to visit.  

In later years, she enjoyed many afternoons, with needle and thread in hand, at her church quilting circle. 

LaVerne is survived by four children Larry (Ginny) Haynes of Omaha, Lonna Bourn of Greenacres, FL, Laurell Haynes of Greenacres, FL and LeEllen Haynes of Grand Island; nine grandchildren Michael (Mary) Buss, Jonathan (Cathy) Buss, Matthew (Jane) Buss, Michaela Bourn, Kevin (Abbie) Bourn, Liza (Aaron) Simonson, Kristin (Brian) Manning, Katie (Josh) Buxton and James Haynes; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Laurence in 2000, her daughter Lynda Buss in 2020 and two son-in-laws Marvin Buss and Kenneth Bourn.             

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