During this time, La Verne worked in both a shirt factory and a furniture manufacturing plant.She attended Indiana University for 2 ½ years and 2 summers at Liberty College in Lynchburg, VA.Jim attended grade school at Plainsview and entered high school in Whitewater.At 14 years of age, Jim had to forego school to help on the ranch while his dad recovered from kidney surgery.Laverne graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1954. From this union, 5 children were born- 3 daughters and 2 sons.After Jim was discharged from the Air Force, the family moved to Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia before settling in Crown Point, IN.While receiving her education, she worked at a local community hospital.
Between Alec and his widowed sister Jean, 11 kids grew up on their family homesteads, a short pony ride apart.
She worked at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital until retiring in June of 2002.
La Verne had a tender heart for her students and loved them all, regardless of troubled actions or rebellious behavior.
Marie, Ronnie Davis of Glasgow, David (Mari) Davis of Crown Point, IN, Carolyn Svingen of Glasgow and Lynette Svingen of South Pasadena, CA; her 11 grandchildren, Justin Davis, Jessica Svingen, Kara (Chris) Knodel, Kent (Sheena) Hubbard, Jeremiah (Caleigh) Davis, Hollie (Axel) Modic, Matthew (Kourtney) Davis, Marcus (Katrina) Svingen, Berkley Svingen, Austin (Shyla) Svingen and Michael Uphues; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Lacock of Simpsonville, SC; 7 sisters, Evelyn Beil of Hinsdale, Leora Needham of Sandpoint, ID, Zella Farrell of Fort Peck, Elaine Dyer of Crestview, FL, Connie Young of Moxee, WA, Geneva Anderson of Siletz, OR and Lois Rutherford of Hinsdale.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eva Tucker.