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Laverna Darrow

October 10, 1928 ~ June 21, 2018 (age 89)

Laverna Mae Darrow, 89, of Washington was called to her eternal resting place at 5:14 pm 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00am, Thursday, June 28, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington.  Visitation will be Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Mason-White Funeral Home from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.  Additional visitation will be one-hour prior to her service at the church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton

Laverna was born in Stanley, Wisconsin.  She married the love of her life Robert E. Darrow on February 1, 1952.   They were married 62 years.  He preceded her in death on June 20, 2014. They were long time members of St. Patrick Church in Washington, IL.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 9 brothers & sisters.  She is survived by 7 children Patricia Bailey, Linda (Doyle) Worlow, Debra Darrow, Michael (Cheryl) Darrow, Theresa (Dave) Shimmin, Janet Darrow-Berdine (Wes), and David (Belle) Darrow; 7 grandchildren Amanda, Christopher (Coral), Neil, Nicole, Ty, Timothy (Shelby), and Benjamin; 2 great-grandchildren, Ephrem and Aveline; and 1 brother, Harold.

Laverna came from a large farming family and she brought those core values & home skills into her own family’s lives.  Her full time commitment was in calmly handling the household of 7 children and a hard working husband.  The farm girl in her helped provide her family with large garden harvests, cooking up family recipes, quiet listening with hugs, and soft words to teach her family strong values, smart thinking, kindness, and an open heart for others in their lives.

Laverna’s true calling was to nurture love, teach those around her, and grow her happy & healthy family.  Her joy in life came from her time with her beloved husband, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.  She welcomed and enjoyed additional children into our home.  At one point, she was even Grandma to 8 grand-dogs.  She was an avid reader and she loved cuddling and reading to her grandkids.  She loved her family and loved supporting the children & grandchildren in all their activities.  We have learned so much from her love, actions, and wisdom throughout our time with her.

The greatest gift Laverna gave was of herself.  Her life was full of love and generosity for her family, friends, and years of helping people.  She was a selfless wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many.  For several years she volunteered at St Pat’s and was a loyal member of TOPS.  She was a source of quiet strength, knowledge, and wisdom.  

We will miss her greatly and treasure our memories and continue her unwavering faith in God and family.  She was a strong, intelligent, and amazing woman.  We were blessed to have known her so long before she was called Home to be with the Father and the loved ones who have gone on before her.

To Laverna, her family was everything. And to her family, Laverna was everything.

Memorials in her name may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association-Illinois Chapter, TAPS,  or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  To share memories with the family, visit

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