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Laverne Urbantke Sipes

August 2, 1932 — March 30, 2024

Laverne Urbantke Sipes

Laverne Freda Urbantke Sipes passed away March 30, 2024. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Freda Urbantke; brothers, Floyd, Earl, and Leroy; as well as her husband of 68 years, Edward R. Sipes. In 1952, while living in Amarillo, Laverne met and married a handsome enlisted Air Force man named Edward. The Air Force moved them to San Antonio, but it wasn't long before Edward was stationed overseas to England. So, at age 25, she bravely boarded a plane with her children Jeff (2 ½), Marilyn (1) and Elaine (6 weeks) old to join her husband in the UK. They lived in the small village of Cley Next the Sea. While there, her sons Eric and Charles were born. Having twins born in that village was a special event. As an Air Force wife, she also lived in Idaho, North Dakota, New Mexico, Washington DC, and other places. When her daughter, Elaine, was stationed in Germany with the Army, Laverne traveled to Europe to visit her and was able to make a return trip to Cley where she was able to meet up with some of her friends from long ago.

Laverne grew up in Miles where she was the valedictorian, class of 1950. She was an active lifetime member of the United Methodist Women's organization where she enjoyed the fellowship of her friends for years. She was also a proud, longtime member of the Concho Pearl Lions Club.

She loved many crafts, but quilting was a passion. Over the years, she created many beautiful quilt tops and her daughters, Elaine Lopez and Marilyn Sanders, were able to finish her entire "stash" of about 20 and give them out to relatives. Mom's final instructions to her girls was... "Please don't stop quilting!"

Laverne's desire was to see her great grandson, Anthony Lopez, graduate from high school in May. She was almost able to do that! We thank Ian Lopez, grandson, for his help in her care during her hospice time at home. Thanks to Eric for all the shopping, driving, fixing, helping, etc. these last few years. Huge thanks to Elaine for moving in with mom and dad when that extra help was needed. Laverne, mom, will be greatly missed by her friends and family, but will always be remembered and loved.

Memorial graveside services will be planned at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.

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