LaVerna Ruth Deem

LaVerna Ruth Deem, 66, of Harrisville, W.Va., departed this life Nov. 1, 2013, at Parkersburg.

She was born Aug. 26, 1947, in Harrisville, W.Va., the daughter of the late Everett “Buster” and Lorene V. Metz Reed.

Mrs. Deem was a homemaker. Mrs. Deem was a woman of strong faith who deeply loved her family. She was particularly committed to her husband, children and grandchildren. She loved cooking and trying new recipes, and collecting cookbooks. She also dearly loved working in her flower beds and collecting penguins.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Clifford Eugene Deem Sr., Harrisville, W.Va.; two sons, Clifford Eugene Deem Jr. and wife, Susan, Morgantown, W.Va., and Brian Lee Deem and wife, Anna, Gilbert, Ariz.; and five grandchildren, Courtney, 14, Jonathan, 11, Zachary, 9, Kailey, 8, and Gracelynn, 5. Mrs. Deem also had a number of close nieces and nephews including Bettina Dawson, who provided special care and undivided attention to her during the last several weeks of her life.

Mrs. Deem was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, W.Va., with Minister Jack Bell and Minister David Adams officiating. Interment will follow in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home, and from noon-2 p.m. on the day of the service.

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