LaVerna Gearldean Reid
LaVerna Gearldean (Weichel) Reid was born to Harvey and Juanita (Sappington) Weichel on Jan. 19, 1944, at the home of her Uncle Ed and Aunt Mabel in Colony, Okla. She passed away Oct. 9, 2019, from complications from cancer. She grew up in the Alfalfa and Colony communities. After graduation from Colony High School, she attended Southwestern State College from which she received her BS degree. She became a medical technologist and worked in the laboratory at Presbyterian Hospital for 10 years before joining her husband in the printing business.
LaVerna married her childhood sweetheart, Dennis Reid, on June 7, 1964, and they made their home in Edmond, Okla. They have two sons, David Paul and Robert Leslie. Together, as a family business, they operated Reid Printing in Edmond and Vox Printing in Oklahoma City.
LaVerna was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Edmond where she was an elder, Stephen minister and sang in the choir. She was also active in the Ostomy Association of OKC and served on the board of directors of the United Ostomy Association. She served on the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was on the Edmond Parks Foundation.
LaVerna loved people and loved doing the little things that made people happy. She put the icing on the cake of life! Whether it was hosting the family dinners after church for 30 years, planting an herb garden next to the street for neighbors to cut sprigs of rosemary, basil and mint for their dinners or taking meals to many people who were in need, she always did the things that brought joy to others without being asked.
She also traveled extensively with her husband and liked trying new things. Even when she was unable to travel very far, she and Dennis set a goal of visiting every county in the state. They have a photo in front of all 77 courthouses to show their success!
She is survived by her husband, Dennis; son, David and his wife, Jennifer; son, Robert and his wife, Amy; five grandchildren, Derek, Parker, Hannah, Benjamin and Chloe; brother, Jerry and wife, Kathy of Colony, Okla.; sister, Mary and husband, Harold Yandell of Shattuck, Okla.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. at Alfalfa Baptist Cemetery in Alfalfa, Okla., later that day.
Formal visitation and viewing will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Matthews Funeral Home at 601 S. Kelly in Edmond.
It is LaVerna's wish that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, 1001 South Rankin, Edmond, OK 73034 or Ostomy Association of OKC, Attn: Suzanne Bellis, 6209 North Styll Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.
Published on October 11, 2019


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Patricia Riley Grimes
Oct 21, 2019
I first met LaVerna at my brother's boy scout bean dinner. And years later, we knew each other through business. I was always touched by her kind demeanor...even in business and her sharp wit. She shared some of the most creative marketing ideas. She will be missed by many who had the pleasure of knowing her. I wish blessings and the warmest of memories to her family and closest friends.
Shelly Sanderson
Oct 16, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and all of the family. God bless you all.
Debbie & Rick Machacek
Oct 15, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Sharon Williams
Oct 12, 2019
LaVerna was truly a wonderful person. The good she did will continue to impact the
community she served so diligently. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Many thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and all of the family.
Bernie Lacy
Oct 12, 2019
David and Robert- So sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a remarkable woman who raised two great sons!
Blessings to your family.