Mary Laverne “Lucille” Moore O’Con, 91, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 27.
She was born September 6, 1932 in DeSoto Parish and married Vic Joseph O’Con in 1948. They were married 58 years at the time of his death in 2006.
In her early years Laverne had a beauty shop in her home. During that time she decided she would like to care for others and enrolled in nursing school. She earned her degree and closed her shop.
Laverne was a nurse at Natchitoches Parish Hospital for 30 years before retiring to enjoy her grandchildren. She was awarded LPN of the Year in 1993. She practiced her devout faith in her everyday life and prayed for all. Laverne attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Powhatan where she was a member of the Altar Society and served on the finance committee.
Once Laverne moved to Natchitoches, she attended Holy Cross Catholic Church of Natchitoches until her health no longer allowed.
She faithfully supported both churches.
Laverne is preceded in death by her husband Vic, her grandson Adam Sims, and son-in-law Dale Sims.
Laverne is survived by her two daughters Frances O’Con Sims of Robeline and Grace O’Con Rivers and Michael of Dallas, TX; 2 grandsons: Shea Sims and Jennifer of Robeline, Luke Sims of Avinger, TX; 3 great grandchildren: Ethan Sims of Many, Sgt. Marshall Sims of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Diederik Emmels of Robeline; 2 great-great grandchildren: Haidyn and Westyn Sims of Many and her feline baby princess, Little Girl, who now resides in Dallas.
Pallbearers were Shea Sims, Sammy Leone, Greg Dunn, Sgt. Marshall Sims, Ethan Sims, and Diederik Emmels.
The Reverends Jose Pallipurath and Louis Sklar officiated her private funeral mass, with her closest friends and relatives, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with interment at Memory Lawn Cemetery on Wednesday, October 4.
Frances and Grace thank all of their mother’s friends for helping to make her leaving earth bearable and entrance into heaven exceptional. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Natchitoches and the staff at the Courtyard of Natchitoches for their compassionate care given to their mother.