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LaVerne Carlisle Morrison was a mother, teacher, humanitarian, lover of books, artist and musician. She passed away on Monday, December 13, 2010. LaVerne was born in Onalaska, Texas, and graduated from Center High School at age 16. She and her mother, Mary Tomme Carlisle, borrowed the money for college tuition. She received undergraduate degrees from Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State Teachers College, and the University of Houston. She received her MLS from the University of Texas. Her thesis, “State Adopted Textbooks Grades 1-3 Subject Index” was published by the Texas Education Agency in 1950 and became the standard work in Texas and most other states for 20 years. She was librarian and music teacher at Wooldridge Elementary School from 1950 to 1966 when she became a state librarian for the T.E.A. She was a sweet woman of profound faith, exceptionally intelligent, curious, industrious, fearless, patient, thoughtful, generous, forgiving, resourceful, indomitable, strong-willed, a good steward of everything, and a great cook. She was loved by all throughout her life. She is survived by her children Sammye Kathryn Morrison of Alexandria, VA., William Autry Morrison, Jr. of Austin; her grandsons Thomas and Jeffrey Johnson, and her great-grandchildren Moira Lindholm and Tyler Johnson, her sister Thora Carlisle of Leander, and her step children, Wesley, Sadye, and Nolan Morrison. She was predeceased by her daughter Olivia Morrison Ray, her parents Arthur and Mary Carlisle, her brother Osborne “Sonbud” Carlisle, and her sister Arlene Price. A memorial service will be held at The Sanctuary at 2614 Exposition Blvd. Austin, 1:30 p.m. Saturday December 18, 2010. Memorial guestbook available online at http://www. wcfish.com. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 – (512) 452-8811

ONALASKA – Graveside services for Dorothy Laverne Viator, 91, of Onalaska were held Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston. She was born Jan. 6, 1919 in Nacogdoches, the daughter of D.C. and Vallie Omego Smith Head, and died Nov. 22, 2010 at her residence in Onalaska. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Eugene Viator. She is survived by Pat and Gordon Reid, daughter and son-in-law, of Onalaska; Cynthia Garrett, daughter, of Onalaska,; grandchildren, Matt Stevenson, Donny Whitus, Sherrie Peyton and husband Gary and Judy Reid and greatgrandchildren, Shelby Peyton, Zachery Peyton, Ashton Stevenson and Willow Reid and niece, Joanne Stroud. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com


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