Vivian LaVern (Quick) McClease was born in Kimberling City, MO on January 31, 1933 to Raymond and Mariam (Kimberling) Quick. She passed away at 1:37 am on October 11, 2020 in Willard, MO after a long, beautiful life.
LaVern grew up in the Branson area with her parents, her sister, Violetta, and brother, Jim. They were close to many aunts, uncles, and cousins who also lived in the area. She had many fond memories of growing up at their farm on Roark Creek. She attended the one-room schoolhouse at Notch and then Branson Schools, where she graduated in 1950.
LaVern married Darrel McClease in Branson, MO on May 24, 1951. LaVern and Darrel moved around the country, living in Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California throughout their marriage. They had six children, four girls and two boys. LaVern loved telling people, “I had six kids in ten years.” It was often the first thing that people knew about her.
After Darrel passed in 1974, LaVern made her home in Nixa, MO. She fostered close relationships with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her great-great grandchildren, and we were all “her little sugarlump”.
Holidays were always spent at her house as were many other occasions. She enjoyed going camping and being at the lake. She loved cooking for everyone and everyone in the family had their favorite dish. She also always had on a pot of coffee. She was an amazing seamstress, making clothing for all of her children and many of her grandchildren throughout the years. LaVern was also a word-fanatic. She was good at and enjoyed teaching all of us to do crossword puzzles, cryptoquips, and how to play Scrabble, and she almost always won. She was an avid reader, and also loved a good game of Yahtzee, and of course, family poker night. She was quick to laugh and give hugs. Simply put, she loved spending time with those that she loved and everyone loved her. LaVern held her large family together with her big heart and was our beloved matriarch.
LaVern is survived by her children, Darra Manuel, and her husband Larry Manuel, of Springfield, MO, Debbie Cornelison, of Springfield, MO, Greg McClease, and his wife Cheryl, of Nixa, MO, DeeAnn Triplett, and her husband Ken, of Springfield, MO, Dixie Walton, and her husband Jeff, of Springfield, MO, and Chris McClease, of Renton, WA; 15 grandchildren and their spouses, along with numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; her sister, Violetta McLaughlin, of Springfield, MO, and brother, Jim Quick, and his wife, Jean, of Georgia.
LaVern is preceded in death by her husband, Darrel McClease; her son-in-law, Ed Cornelison and her son-in-law, Ted Cornelison; and her parents, Raymond and Miriam Quick.
Services for LaVern will be at the First Assembly of God Church, 399 State Hwy T, Branson, MO on Saturday, October, 17 with visitation starting at 11:00 am and the funeral service at 12:00 pm. Graveside will be immediately following the service in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson. It is the wishes of the family to honor LaVern by sharing fond memories of her at her service. Please, share your story with us or plan to share it with us that day.
Everyone is welcome to attend a gathering at Darra and Larry Manuel’s home following graveside service.
Memorials are requested to the Alzheimer’s Association 3645 South Ave., Springfield, MO 65807 or at alz.org.
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