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LaVerne Spainhower

Grant City, Missouri

August 24, 1923 - June 8, 2024

LaVerne Spainhower Obituary

Mabel LaVerne (Hass) Spainhower, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 on Saturday, June 8, 2024. LaVerne had been surrounded by her family as she was gradually letting go of this life. LaVerne was born on August 24, 1923 in Hatfield, Missouri to Ralph and Theo Hass. Following graduation from Hatfield High School, she received her Associates Degree in Education from Maryville Teacher’s College (now Northwest Missouri State University). She married her first love, Mac Spainhower in 1946 and together they had three children, Joe, Sally and Sara. After Mac’s untimely death in 1981, LaVerne continued to work and then traveled with longtime friends. She experienced many road trips all over the United States, including a memorable road trip to Alaska…yes, they drove to Alaska! LaVerne found love again at the age of 74 and married Richard Houk, and together they enjoyed traveling, attending sporting events, time in Arizona, and spending time with both of their families. In addition to teaching in a one room schoolhouse, LaVerne also worked as a bank teller and school secretary. Her most important role, however, was Mom and Grammy. She was an active member of Grant City United Methodist Church and after moving to Kansas City, in the Platte Woods United Methodist Church. LaVerne was an invaluable volunteer and served as a bookkeeper, group leader, hospitality leader or whatever else she thought needed to be done. She was also a member of the PEO sisterhood for over 75 years. Her unwavering Christian faith guided her throughout her life and served as a beacon of hope to all who knew her. She had a passion for helping people, whether by sharing her delicious food, her life wisdom, her quietly comforting presence, or her warm smile. Known for her tireless energy and joyful spirit, LaVerne was an avid gardener, golfer, bridge player and a devoted sports fan, particularly of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. She welcomed the 2015 World Series Champions Kansas City Royals back to Kauffman Stadium, all at the sprightly age of 92. A local TV station even interviewed her where she expressed her favoritism for player, Salvador Perez! As a mother, Grammy and great grandmother, LaVerne was the heart and soul of her devoted family. She loved spending time with them and creating memories that will be cherished forever. Her wisdom, grace and unconditional love will continue to be her legacy for years to come. The family would like to extend a big Thank You to the extraordinary staffs and caregivers of Wexford Place Senior Living Community, Interim Home Health, and Ascend Hospice in caring for our mom, they are living angels. LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Mac Spainhower and Richard Houk, and four siblings. She is survived by her children, Joe, of Milwaukie, OR, Sally, of Davenport, IA and Sara (Tom) of Kansas City, MO, 5 grandchildren and 10 (soon to be 11) great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. A visitation for friends and family will be held at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. followed by burial in the Grant City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at Wexford Senior Living Community at 6500 N. Cosby Ave., Kansas City, MO on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 1-3 p.m. Instead of plants or flowers, the family suggests donations to be made to Mission Possible Thrift Store & Food Pantry in Grant City, MO or to the Grant City United Methodist Church.

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Mabel LaVerne (Hass) Spainhower, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 on Saturday, June 8, 2024. LaVerne had been surrounded by her family as she was gradually letting go of this life. LaVerne was born on August 24, 1923 in Hatfield, Missouri to Ralph and Theo Hass. Following graduation from Hatfield High School, she received her Associates Degree in Education from Maryville Teacher’s College (now Northwest Missouri State University). She married her first love, Mac Spainhower in 1946 and together they had three children, Joe, Sally and Sara. After Mac’s untimely death in 1981, LaVerne continued to work and then traveled with longtime friends. She experienced many road trips all over the United States, including a memorable road trip to Alaska…yes, they drove to Alaska! LaVerne found love again at the age of 74 and married Richard Houk, and together they enjoyed traveling, attending sporting events, time in Arizona, and spending time with both of their families. In addition to teaching in a one room schoolhouse, LaVerne also worked as a bank teller and school secretary. Her most important role, however, was Mom and Grammy. She was an active member of Grant City United Methodist Church and after moving to Kansas City, in the Platte Woods United Methodist Church. LaVerne was an invaluable volunteer and served as a bookkeeper, group leader, hospitality leader or whatever else she thought needed to be done. She was also a member of the PEO sisterhood for over 75 years. Her unwavering Christian faith guided her throughout her life and served as a beacon of hope to all who knew her. She had a passion for helping people, whether by sharing her delicious food, her life wisdom, her quietly comforting presence, or her warm smile. Known for her tireless energy and joyful spirit, LaVerne was an avid gardener, golfer, bridge player and a devoted sports fan, particularly of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. She welcomed the 2015 World Series Champions Kansas City Royals back to Kauffman Stadium, all at the sprightly age of 92. A local TV station even interviewed her where she expressed her favoritism for player, Salvador Perez! As a mother, Grammy and great grandmother, LaVerne was the heart and soul of her devoted family. She loved spending time with them and creating memories that will be cherished forever. Her wisdom, grace and unconditional love will continue to be her legacy for years to come. The family would like to extend a big Thank You to the extraordinary staffs and caregivers of Wexford Place Senior Living Community, Interim Home Health, and Ascend Hospice in caring for our mom, they are living angels. LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Mac Spainhower and Richard Houk, and four siblings. She is survived by her children, Joe, of Milwaukie, OR, Sally, of Davenport, IA and Sara (Tom) of Kansas City, MO, 5 grandchildren and 10 (soon to be 11) great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. A visitation for friends and family will be held at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. followed by burial in the Grant City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at Wexford Senior Living Community at 6500 N. Cosby Ave., Kansas City, MO on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 1-3 p.m. Instead of plants or flowers, the family suggests donations to be made to Mission Possible Thrift Store & Food Pantry in Grant City, MO or to the Grant City United Methodist Church.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of LaVerne Spainhower hosted by Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home.

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