L. Verl Levere
Verl Levere (nee Byrd) of Morrisburg, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away at the Hartford Retirement Home in Morrisburg on Fri., Jan. 4, 2013. She was 91.
Verl was born on the family farm in Mountain Township on Dec. 9, 1921 to her parents, Alfred and Nettie (nee 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, Ont. Mountain Township. Following their marriage, they took up residence at RR #1, Brinston where they owned and operated both a dairy and a beef farm. In January 1965, along with her husband, 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, shuffleboard, and participating in the local Euchre Marathon. She was a member of Hanesville United Church until its closing in 1976, after which she became a member of Brinston United Church, and upon moving to Morrisburg was a member of Lakeshore Drive United Church.
She 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. She 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, and Dustin Levere, and great-grandchildren Quinn, Lucas, and Jonah Bennis; Marc and Cole Beckstead; Alek, Kamryn, and Callam Larocque; Hannah Warren; Harrison Burke; and 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, and Grace Perry, and her brothers, Lloyd, John, Clayton, and Sanford Byrd.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., Jan. 7 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tues., Jan. 8 at 11 am 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. The pallbearers were grandsons Dustin Levere, Todd Larocque, Jim Bennis, Ernie Beckstead, Wayne Minish, and Patrick Burke.
Donations to Lakeshore Drive United Church or the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Interment at South Gower Cemetery will be held in the spring.
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