LaVerne Y. Emmett passed away Nov. 22, 2015, in Moscow. She was born Feb. 21, 1925, to Bailey K. (Ted) Rugg and Rebecca (Betty) Thompson Rugg in Elk River.
LaVerne’s father was in the lumber industry and that led to the young family moving often. They lived in Clarkston, Lewiston, northern California and southern Oregon. Most of LaVerne’s teenage years were spent in California, where she was a cheerleader and made longtime friends. LaVerne spent many summers playing with her numerous cousins at Long Meadow Creek near her Grandpa Thompson’s homestead in Park, Idaho.
On June 9, 1952, she married Roy Emmett in Lewiston, Idaho. LaVerne had two daughters, Sheri and Dayle, from prior marriages which ended in divorce.
Roy and LaVerne farmed on Big Bear Ridge on the farm homesteaded by Roy’s grandfather, James Emmett, in 1889. They had one son, Steve, who continues to farm the property. The family’s summer vacations were often spent camping and fishing along the North Fork of the Clearwater.
They bought a house in Kendrick when Roy retired from farming in 1974. LaVerne was happiest working in her yard and flower beds. The family also teased her about being the QVC queen.
Due to age and health problems, she reluctantly left her beloved house in Kendrick and moved to Fairview Village Estates in Moscow. She soon felt at home and loved her beautiful apartment and the staff. After five years, she needed more assistance so she moved to assisted living and then to Aspen Park in Moscow, where she received excellent care. She had enjoyed many birthday parties surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our beloved mother was a very strong-willed person and defied the odds of her doctors, living with congestive heart failure and heart valve replacement almost eight years ago. Her determination and spirit has definitely been passed on to her family.
Losing her oldest daughter, Sheri, on July 31 of this year brought a definite setback to her spirit.
She is survived by her daughter Dayle Dahl (Denis), of Moscow; son, Steven Emmett (Kathy), of Kendrick; and a stepson, Merwyn Emmett, of Blythe, Calif. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, including a special granddaughter, Stepheena Emmett, who she helped raise – Steph kept her young and on her toes! She is also survived by 22 great-granchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved brothers, Bud Rugg and Glenn Jelleberg; her beautiful daughter Sheri Miltenberger; stepson, Gary Emmett; and stepdaughter, Diane Nieman.
We thank you and love you, Mom, for all your love and support for us and look forward to seeing you again. God bless you and we will never forget you.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Internment will be at the Normal Hill cemetery mausoleum. Donations may be made in her name to J-K Ambulance Fund, North Idaho Children’s Home and Good Samaritan-Fairview Village in Moscow.