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Barbara Laverty

Died: Sun., May 20, 2012

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STEVENSVILLE - In the early morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012, Barbara (Towne) Laverty, aged 82, passed away at her home in Stevensville. Her daughter Debbie, her grandson Jason, and caregiver and friend Purl Murrell were by her side during her final days.

Barbara is survived by her two daughters, Deborah Stokes of Stevensville and Donna Lambiase of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Christopher William Stokes and Jason Douglas Stokes of Stevensville, and Angela Hannah Lambiase of Sierra Vista; and one great-grandchild, Anya Lynn Stokes of Stevensville.

Mrs. Laverty was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Boston, Mass., to birthparents Madeline Towne Couture and Raymond F. Plouffe. Barbara lived in South Hadley Falls, Mass., with her family and was step sister to five siblings, James Couture, Thomas Couture, Robert Couture, Patricia (Couture) Shelly and Margarite (Couture) Schooner.

As a young woman, Barbara worked at Whiting Paper Co. of Holyoke, where she met her husband of 62 years, Roger William Laverty. (Mr. Laverty passed away in June 2008.) The couple were married in July 1948, later buying a home in Holyoke and a summer cottage in Ashfield, Mass.

The Laverty family moved to Nutley, N.J., in 1966 where Barbara worked at Peerless Stationers for many years. In 1982, the Lavertys moved to Lolo where they settled near their two daughters and two grandsons. After purchasing Elkhorn Printing in Stevensville, Barbara and Roger moved there and ran the business together until 1987. After that, Barbara was employed at the Hallmark store in Southgate Mall, Missoula.

During the spring and summer Barbara could be found tending her vegetable and strawberry garden or coaxing begonias to grow in pots on her deck. She was always challenged by keeping enough birdseed in stock to support her bird watching passion. Barbara helped raise her grandsons and was thankful to have watched them grow into fine young men. She could be heard bragging about Jason, being a Marine and even more so, his return home from Iraq; and Christopher, when he graduated from the University of Montana as a pharmacist, and also after he obtained a job working for the Indian Health Service. Her most recent source of pride was in her 17-month-old great-granddaughter, Anya. Proving that the love of a child is a powerful healer, little Anya's frequent visits with her "Meme" willed Barbara into recovering from two hospital stays.

There will be a private service held for Mrs. Laverty by her family, with the cremation being handled by Whitesitt Funeral Home, Stevensville.

The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to Lana Carr, a longtime caregiver and family friend; Partners in Home Care; Marcus Daly Hospice; Summit Independent Living Center and Whitesitt Funeral Home.

Family memorial suggestions Bitterroot Humane Association or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Barb Fabey
   Posted Thu May 24, 2012
Debbie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this very difficult time. Ihave fond memories of your Mom and her green thumb. Love. Barb and Paul

Dori Popadick
   Posted Thu May 31, 2012
Debbie & Donna,
My sympathies to you and your families. My sister (Kathy) and I have many fond memories of when you lived in Nutley--playing cards/games on your front porch on rainy summer days. May all the memories you have of your parents sustain you during this difficult time.
Dori

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