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From: "JoAnn McGhee" <>
Subject: [ILFRANKL] O'BRIEN, LaVerne (GARRETT) 1923-2008 (Add'l)
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 09:58:33 -0400
Per Denning Twp, Franklin Co IL cem. book (Susan DORRIS 1983), pg 91, Denning
GARRETT, Jesse N. b. 6 March 1896 d. 12 June 1966
Erma L. b. 18 Dec 1901 d. 25 Nov 1967
GARRETT, Jesse N. ILL CPL BTRY "B" 25 FLD ARTY WW I
b. 6 March 1896 d. 12 June 1966
From: "Debbie V." <>
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 12:11 PM
Subject: [ILFRANKL] O'BRIEN, LaVerne (GARRETT) 1923-2008 obit
LaVerne O'BRIEN, age 84, of West Frankfort and Carbondale,
> IL. passed away at 3:10 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2008 in
> Herrin Hospital.
> She was born July 11, 1923 in West Frankfort, IL. to Jesse
> N. GARRETT and Erma L. LEMONS GARRETT.
> She married Bill O'BRIEN on June 21, 1946.
> She was active in the SIU Women and the Marine Auxiliary.
> She was also active in work for the disabled, starting with
> Easter Seals, throughout her years in Carbondale. She served
> on Partnership for the Disabled, chairing on two committees.
> She was also recognized for her work in developing new laws
> to benefit the disabled. She was named honorary City Manager
> after that. She served on the Jackson County Workshop Board
> for the Disabled and the Alzheimer's Board. She received the
> Rosemary Berkel Crisp award for Southern Illinois in 2002.
> LaVerne sang most of her life. She began singing duets with
> her sister Mildred, at the age of 5 in the Christian Church
> of Herrin. She sang in duets, trios, and quartets as well as
> the Egyptian Choral Club. She was also a Delta Theta Tau
> LaVerne and her husband Bill contributed to the Therapy
> Center playground named O'Brien Playground. LaVerne and Bill
> were both avid supporters of Southern Illinois University.
> They established the Bill and LaVerne O'Brien Football
> Scholarship. Following Bill's death, LaVerne contributed to
> the refurbished Saluki football locker room.
> LaVerne is survived by one brother: Greg GARRETT and wife
> Sandi of West Frankfort; several nieces and nephews; and
> many close friends.
> She was preceded in death by her husband Bill O'BRIEN on
> December 1, 2000; her parents Jesse and Erma GARRETT; one
> sister Mildred HOLLAND; brother-in-law John HOLLAND; and
> sister-in-law Peggy O'BRIEN.
> Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March
> 19, 2008 at the First Christian Church in West Frankfort
> with Rev. Gene FOX officiating. Interment will be in Denning
> Cemetery in West Frankfort, IL. Visitation will be held
> Wednesday, March 19, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the
> church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First
> Christian Church of West Frankfort or Hospice of Southern
> Illinois. Envelopes will be available and also accepted at
> the church. Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in
> charge of arrangements.
> Published in the Daily American News from 3/18/2008 -
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