La Vern was born in Texas on December 27, 1939, to Sarah Jennive and Absolum Hall. Over the years thereafter she lived in Missouri, Kansas, California, and Nebraska, likewise having had the opportunity in her late 20's and early 30's to visit nearly every state in the Union, before returning to Missouri to live out her retirement in the Ozarks with her brother and eldest daughter. She was a wonderful cook, a whiz in the garden, a fury behind a sewing machine, and in later years she developed a love and talent for quilting, which became one of her greatest passions.
She was a country girl at heart, but forever curious, she possessed a wide and eclectic variety of interests--everything from word find and crossword puzzles, to science fiction and horror books/films (particularly Star Trek, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz), to video and computer games. She loved black coffee, country music, coloring books, Native American culture, collecting carousel horses, and in her youth, she absolutely loved to dance. She had a particular fondness for animals - cats, dogs, horses, wolves--and especially adored her beloved pit bull Bojangles, who spent her last few months keeping vigil on the floor beside her bed.
La Vern's life was not always easy, but she faced each trial with steely-eyed grit and a keen sense of humor - qualities she proudly passed on to her children and grandchildren, and which she retained to the end. Never one to feel sorry for herself, she approached each new obstacle with determination and positivity, preferring to find the humor and beauty in life, rather than dwell on hardship and adversity. This was especially true even as she faced the conclusion of her all too brief time with us; she had us laughing right up to the end.
What made La Vern truly unique, however, was the endless supply of love, patience, and support she offered to those for whom she cared--the ease with which she accepted family, friends, friends of family, family of friends, and acquaintances alike--and the fervency with which she loved any and all of those willing to receive it. One didn't have to do much more than show up in order to find La Vern's arms wide open, the generosity of her heart absolutely boundless. She respected people's differences, never judging, never shutting anyone out, and in her 76 years, she rarely uttered a cross word--when she did, you knew you'd messed up! But she never stopped loving and never held a grudge; once she loved someone, she loved them forever, never giving up on them--no matter what. It is for these reasons that all those who knew her, regardless of time or distance, cherish her with the same intense loyalty in return. Those of us whom she leaves behind are truly heartbroken to lose such an incredibly special lady.
La Vern is preceded in death by her parents, Sarah and Absolum Hall, her former husband Norman Alff, and her siblings Dale, Alfred, Valentine (Tiny), and Bobby Hall.
She is survived by her beloved family: siblings, Wilford (Biff) Hall and Wanda Higdon; daughter Sarah Troutwine and partner Boyde Tyler; daughter, Shannon Roark and husband Daniel; six grandchildren, (Micheal Copenhaver and wife Emma, Jenny Copenhaver, Clarrissa Copenhaver and fiancé Dustin Coles, Amanda Lutz, Gregory Copenhaver and wife, Victoria, and Nikolas Katanjian), as well as 25 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren (number three on the way; in her words shortly before her passing, "oh, how wonderful!"). She is also survived by Gregory Copenhaver Sr., Lee Ann Storey, Tina Patterson, and the Stilley and Roark families, as well as countless others whom she deeply loved and who will forever love her in return.
No services are planned at this time.