LaVerne M. Hawkins, 74, of Alton, passed away at 4:22 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Mo.
She was born April 7, 1941, in St. Louis, the daughter of William and Ruth Marie (Davis) Essman.
LaVerne married Lilburn “Sam” Hawkins in West Alton, Mo., on June 10, 1989, and he preceded her in death Feb. 12, 2004.
She worked as a clerk for Christian Hospital North East for more than 25 years.
LaVerne is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debbie Waller of Park Hills, Mo., and Sugar and John VanBuren, all of West Alton, Tammy and Robert Swan of Park Hills, Mo.; three sons, Daniel Sego of Leadwood, Mo., William Turner of West Alton, and Wayne and Patricia Turner of West Alton; 17 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, James and Charles Essman, and five sisters, Wilma Williams, Dorothy Brassfield, June McKeen, Frances Chenault and Shirley Benzelski.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of Eulogy Service at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.
Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in West Alton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.