NORMAN — Surrounded by her loving family, LaVerne Dueker Billman went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the age of 85.
LaVerne cherished her role as a preacher’s wife and mother. Her dedication to both was untiring. She was always there to lend a helping hand or heart to anyone who needed it. She passionately enjoyed cooking and baking and will be warmly remembered by many for both. She also enjoyed doing needlework and was an accomplished seamstress. In the latter half of her life, she was able to put her talents to use by working as a bakery manager at Wrights IGA in Norman. Although she loved doing all of these things, her favorite job in life was just being “Mimi.”
LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Jim Billman; her parents, Clarence and Fern Dueker; her twin sister, LaVonne; and her brother, Donald.
She is survived by four daughters, Judi (Roy) Bendure, Peggy (Marin) Garza, Jamie (Bill) McGaugh and Jennifer (Kenny) Green; 11 grandchildren, Sean Roberts, Derek and Michael Bendure, Jamie Schmitt Jones and Jordan Schmitt, Matthew and Seth McGaugh, Mark, Tessa and Jenna Garza and Jared Cupples; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Norma Simmons.
Pallbearers will be her six grandsons.
Visitation was noon Monday at Roller Citizens Funeral Home, with services at 1 p.m. Burial was about 3 p.m. at Blytheville, Ark., at Maple Grove Cemetery.
LaVerne loved helping at Christian Wrangler Camp every summer in Wynne, Ark., and we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to them in her name. Please send to: Christian Wrangler Camp, 26 Lee 805, Marianna, AR 72360. Online guestbook is at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012