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LaVerne Meissner

LaVerne Helen Meissner, 99, beloved grandmother, wife and mother, was called to her eternal resting place Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

She entered this world June 9, 1919, in Union, Mont., born to John and Helen Friedlund. She was raised on a farm in eastern Montana and attended high school in Brockway, where she met her soulmate, Lantford Meissner.

Upon graduation, LaVerne attended Normal School in Billings, Mont., where she earned her teaching certificate. She began her teaching career immediately upon graduation.

On May 31, 1942, she and Lantford were married. Lantford built their little two-room home on a half-section of land he purchased from his father. Two little girls were born and became an important part of her life.

One of the highlights of LaVerne’s life was when electricity became available on the farm. Lantford built an addition to the house, and she no longer had to carry and heat water for bathing, washing clothes, and mopping floors. The wood-burning cook stove was upgraded to a bottle-gas appliance, and she got a real refrigerator and indoor plumbing. She planted a huge garden and canned vegetables to put in the root cellar to carry the family through the winter.

LaVerne continued to teach for many years. She taught in Brockway, Circle Elementary, and a small, rural, one-room school by the name of Stoney Butte. After many years of teaching, she retired, and she and Lantford moved to Scobey, Mont., where they resided until 1998.

Due to Lantford’s declining health, the couple moved to Artesia to be closer to their daughters. Lantford passed away in 2000, and LaVerne continued to live in Artesia until 2014, when she moved to Roswell to reside at Emeritus Retirement Center as an independent resident.

LaVerne loved to play cards and board games. She also played solitaire on her computer and mastered several difficult games. She kept her mind sharp by doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and lots of other challenging puzzles.

Survivors include daughters Judy Metts and husband John of Artesia, and Joyce Hudiburgh and husband Keith of Pueblo, Colo.; grandsons Steven Metts and wife Cheri’ of Willcox, Ariz., Bradley Metts and wife Teresa, and Scott Metts and wife Tami, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brian Hudiburgh and wife Melissa of Centennial, Colo.; granddaughters Teri Gilbert and husband Brian of Artesia, Kyla Butts and husband Michael of Farmington, and Lynette Hudiburgh of Oxford, Ohio; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mary Meissner of Fort Benton, Mont., and Edna Meissner of Circle, Mont.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 58 years Lantford; sister Julia Sanders; and grandson Michael John Metts.

A celebration of LaVerne’s life will be held June 9 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. This would have been her 100th birthday. Her cremains will be placed beside Lantford and her grandson Michael in the columbarium at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.