LaVerna (Palmer) Alarie Moore, 100, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the home of her daughter on LaVerna’s family farm.
She was born on August 31, 1922 and grew up in Belfast, Iowa, on Family Heritage Farm, owned by the same family for over 150 years. She is the only daughter of Raymon and Sylvia (Johnson) Palmer. On May 25, 1945, she married Lt. Philip C. Alarie, B29 Pilot U.S.A.F., from Putnam, Connecticut. He passed away in 1994. In 1997 she married Robert G. Moore, he survives.
She is survived by her two daughters: Susan Charpentier Alarie of Farmington, Iowa, Dr. Constance (attorney Thomas) McGinnis Quinn of Saunderstown, Rhode Island; grandson: Dr. Richard (Bobbi) Charpentier of Jacksonville, Illinois; two granddaughters: Sherri (Brian) Perkins of Cary, North Carolina, Katy (Nicholas) Flach of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; eight great grandchildren: Hazel, Wyatt, Philip Conrad, A.J., Alarie “Allie”, Heidi, Adriana “Nana” and Michael Patrick; a sister in-law: Rachel Palmer and nephew: Gary (Judy) Palmer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Philip; brother: Ray Palmer, Jr.
LaVerna graduated from Argyle High Schoo in 1940 and attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. After earning certificates she worked 43 years in the field of education, teaching two years in rural Lee County, three years junior high in Wyman, Iowa (moved family to Rhode Island), where she owned and operated her own kindergarten and nursery school for 23 years. In 1976 she moved back to Iowa to aging parents. LaVerna continued her career in education working 15 years at AEA #16 (Area Education Association) as a Secondary Curriculum Lab Director. In 1993 received a 50 year honorary teaching certificate from Iowa Wesleyan College. LaVerna was especially interested in researching family history and history of the small busy village of Belfast and the Rock Island Rail Road that served it from the early 1840’s to 1976. Her family loved her incredible cooking, especially French Stuffing and rutabaga/turnip.
LaVerna was a member of Madison Baptist Church, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Retired Teachers Association, Farm Bureau and founding member of Lee County Pioneer Cemetery Association. She loved teaching, cooking and taking care of her loved ones but her greatest pleasure came from her three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Friends may call and meet with the family from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2022, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Farmington.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2022, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Farmington with Pastor Dan Deatrick officiating.
Burial will be in Greenglade Cemetery in Farmington, Iowa.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com. Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.