LaVerne Glendenning, 86, of Mount Ayr passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., in Mount Ayr with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. There is open viewing from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the funeral home with family present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.
LaVerne, daughter of Melvin and Ida (Bittner) Smith, was born Sept. 8, 1932, at Fontanelle. She grew up in “God’s country” and graduated from Fontanelle High School. LaVerne went on to graduate from Creston Community College with a teaching degree. She taught at Diagonal Community School.
On Dec. 22, 1951, LaVerne married Lloyd H. Glendenning in Fontanelle. LaVerne enrolled in Graceland University and earned a B.S. degree in 1976. She worked nearly 33 years for the Ringgold County Department of Human Services helping families and protecting children. LaVerne partnered with Velda Pierson, and they owned and operated LaVel’s Dress Shop in Mount Ayr for several years, later becoming LaVerne’s Boutique.
LaVerne is survived by her husband Lloyd of Mount Ayr; sons, Paul (Cease Olson) Glendenning of Mount Ayr and Todd (Angie) Glendenning of Redding; grandchildren, Kelsey (Kody) Larsen of Ankeny, Jake Glendenning of Prairie Valley, Kansas, Hannah Glendenning and Blair Glendenning of Redding, and Tya Wilson of Corning; great-grandsons, Makade and Liam Wilson; Lywanda Case of Mount Ayr, whom she thought of as a daughter; and niece Kathi (Ed) Christensen of Greenfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Norma (Dick) Bolton; and nephews, Jim Bolton and Larry Bolton.