LaVerne Smith

Maggie LaVerne "Vernie" Monroe Shaw Smith
4-28-1922 to 11-4-2012
LaVerne was born in Rankin, Texas, as the fifth of six children, to Zack Monroe and Bertha Parr.
She graduated from Rankin High School and left Rankin to attend North Texas State Teacher's College, now the University of North Texas, in Denton. There she obtained a degree in Music, where her primary instruments were voice and the piano. While in college, World War II broke out, and she took flying lessons. Subsequent to college, LaVerne returned to Rankin and assumed music teaching duties at Rankin Public School. While back in Rankin she continued training for pilot licensing, and attempted to be considered for duties as a pilot in the Texas Women's World War II effort. Toward the end of WWII, LaVerne moved to Corpus Christi and worked as a draftsman at the Naval Air Station. After the war, she found work as an engineering assistant with Humble Oil, now Exxon, and at that time met Don Francis Shaw, soon to be her husband. They were married in April of 1951. LaVerne and Don had three sons, Milton, David and Mike, born respectively in 1952, 1953, and 1957. While married to Don, LaVerne and Don indulged their passion for traveling, taking trips all over the country, and documenting their travels on 16mm film. Don died prematurely in 1959, leaving LaVerne with 3 young sons to raise. Shortly thereafter, LaVerne and the boys moved to San Antonio, Texas. She took on the role of school teacher at the K-12 level, but subsequently obtained a degree in Library Science, and spent the rest of her working career as school librarian at several different schools in the North East Independent School district. From 1959 until Mike finally graduated from college she raised the three boys on her own. The doors of her house were always open to the friends of her children, including the many children of the neighborhood, as well as to the countless friends she had. She loved playing Bridge, and the number of Bridge parties she hosted was numberless. Also during this period of time, LaVerne continued to enjoy traveling, one of the highlights being a 6 week trip to Alaska in a motor home with her 3 sons, a family friend, and her friend's son. After all of her children graduated from college, LaVerne moved back to San Angelo, Texas, to be closer to her family. There she met and married Mark Smith, to whom she was married for more than 20 years, accepting his two children as her own. They both continued to enjoy their love of traveling, with trips to Australia and Asia, as well as several cruises in Europe. After Mark's death, she moved to Kerrville, where she resided at The Plaza on the River until her death on November 4, 2012. Words cannot describe the boundless joy and inspiration that she conveyed throughout her colorful life. Her love of her friends and family remains her legacy. LaVerne is survived by her three sons, Milton Shaw, David Shaw, and Michael Shaw, and her grandchildren, Don Shaw and Teodora Shaw, as well as her "adopted" son, Carlin Short, many loving nieces and nephews, and her many friends she acquired over her 90 years on this earth.
A memorial service is planned for 2:00 PM on Saturday November 24, 2012, at The Plaza on the River in Kerrville, Texas. Any who wish to do so may send memorial donations to either St. David's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas, or to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Texas. The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the
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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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Grimes Funeral Chapels
728 Jefferson Street Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 257-4544

Published in Express-News on Nov. 17, 2012