Laverna Mae McMahan Lacy
Laverna (Laverne) Mae McMahan Lacy passed away peacefully on April 8, 2016 in Sebastopol, Ca. Born May 26, 1926 to Ethel Pauline Whitney and Everett Alonzo Whitney Sr. in Santa Monica, Ca. She was one of five children including Robert Sullivan, Ladyne Tingle, Harold Sullivan, and Everett Whitney Jr. of whom she was especially close to. She always spoke fondly of her childhood in Santa Monica, playing on the pier and running free on the beaches as a child.
She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Walter McMahan Sr., her favorite uncle Ralph Herbst, her daughters Carol Juvinall and Cheryl McMahan, and her grandson Mitchell McMahan. Survived by five children, Vickie Elder of Ukiah, Ron McMahan and Judy of Santa Rosa, Walter McMahan Jr. and Kathy of Santa Rosa, Michael McMahan and Wendy of Cottonwood, and Karrie Simonsen and Jeff of Sebastopol, 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren. Numerous sisters, brothers, and spouse in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
Laverne moved with Walter Sr. and their children to northern California in 1962. She worked in the apple cannery in Sebastopol, helped run the family business, Grand Prix Auto Body and later she ran a small Junction Box business for 15 years. She loved painting landscapes and portraits, had an amazing green thumb in the garden, enjoyed listening to big band music especially Nat King Cole, going on trips in her T-bird to Reno or LA, keeping up on the news and watching true story movies, crafting with friends and was a wonderful cook.
In her later years, she surprised family by becoming “hip gg ma,” who enjoyed video games and emailing. But, her greatest passion and life’s work was being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She took enormous pride in her family and served as the family matriarch overseeing the annual Christmas Eve celebration where upwards of 30 family members would gather often in her home.
In her final years, she resided at Fircrest Convalescent where she suffered from dementia. Although her memories faded and there were names she couldn’t place, her face would light up with each visit from family and friends. She stayed her spunky self with her nails done and jewelry on while enjoying her nightly ice cream in the lobby.
Our family would like to thank those at Fircrest who helped care for her in these final years and the hospice team who cared for her in her final weeks. She was a feisty, funny, salt of the earth person and loved with all her heart. She will dearly be missed but her devotion to family lives on inside all of those whom she raised and loved.
In honor of Laverna Mae Lacy, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 4:00-8:00 PM and a funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 AM following a burial service at Santa Rosa Memorial Park; 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa.