Laverne Wood passed into the arms of her Savior on Friday, February 24, 2017. She was born August 30, 1932 in Liberty Hill, TX, to Robert Marshall and Irene (Booth) Havins. After graduating from high school, Laverne moved to Austin and attended Nixon Clay Business College. In 1954 she married Wayne Wood, a local musician, and in 1956, they started Wayne Wood Music on Avenue G. Over the course of the next 30-plus years, she and Wayne touched the lives of the many students who came through the doors to learn how to play guitar.
Laverne never met a stranger. She had a smile that lit up the room and loved and cared about everyone who crossed her path. Laverne had an uncanny knack of remembering everyone's name and more often than not, an interesting story about them. Considering the hundreds of students she and Wayne taught over the years, that was no small feat. Upon the birth of her first grandchild in 1988, Laverne garnered a new title, "Mammaw," and as expected, spent the rest of her life loving on, doting on and caring for her four grandchildren, the lights of her life.
Laverne was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Elbert Marshall, and her brothers, Robert Earl Havins and William Floyd "Corky" Havins. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Wayne Wood, daughter Julie Wood Sieverman and husband Casey, daughter Hollie Wood Blair, grandchildren Katie and Claire Sieverman and Bryce and Logan Blair. She is also survived by her sister Bobbie Havins Fletcher and husband Randel, sisters-in-law Frances Havins and Nellie Havins, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved their "Aunt Bern" dearly.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Laverne will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 2, at Saint John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road in Austin. A reception will immediately follow the service.
The family wishes to thank Hospice Austin, the many wonderful caregivers from Nurses Case Management and a special thanks to Mary and Allen Hill for their steadfast support during her final weeks.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Endowment Fund at Saint John's United Methodist Church.