LaVerne N. Malcom died on July 23, 2011 at the home of her daughter in Shelley. She suffered with lung cancer and emphysema and fought a valiant fight.
LaVerne Hancock was born Oct 25, 1921 in Downey, Idaho to Louis Delbert Hancock and Ethelyn Francilda Norby Hancock. She was delivered by her Grandmother Anderson. LaVerne was the third child in a family that would grow to 8 children.
As a young child the family moved around including Shelley, Downey, and finally settling in Blackfoot. LaVerne attended Blackfoot schools until 1937 when she had to quit high school to help at home with the younger children while her mother worked.
LaVerne was a free spirit who enjoyed life and had many friends. She loved to dance and met Frank Malcom at a dance in January. They were married June 10, 1939 in Pocatello, Idaho.
They made their home in Shelley were they had four children: Bruce Woodrow, Gary Delbert ( stillborn), Gloria Jeanne, Jackie Annette.
When her youngest child went to school LaVerne started working at various warehouses in Shelley. She worked as a potato sorter for 33 years. LaVerne was a hard worker. She was an excellent cook and house keeper. Her husband, Frank, died in 1967. She was a member of the LDS Church.
LaVerne did beautiful hand work. She loved to crochet, do plastic canvas and quilt. She was best known for her beautiful embroidery work. Many, many friends, family and strangers were lucky recipients of her treasured work.
LaVerne had the delightful sense of humor. She had quick come backs and loved to laugh with those around her. She keep this sense of humor until the day she died. She was caring and thoughtful of many. Especially her family whom she loved very much. The bright spot of her last days were when her great-great granddaughters Hallie and Cooper would come to see her on Wednesday nights and help to put her to bed.
LaVerne survived by two daughters, Gloria (Paul) Elswood, Shelley, ID, Jackie (Bart) Ballard, Idaho Falls, ID, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 7 great-great granddaughters. Two brothers, Dale (Jennie) Hancock, Boise, ID and Boyd (Carol) Hancock, Eagle Mountain, UT. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her sons Bruce and Gary, brothers Morck and Verl, and sisters Marcine, Twila, Elaine.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday July 27, 2011 at the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday morning from 10 'til 10:40 a.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley. Interment will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com .
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