Dorothy LaVern McRorey “LaVern” <I>Hill</I> Nordine

Dorothy LaVern McRorey “LaVern” Hill Nordine

Kilgore, Gregg County, Texas, USA
Death 18 Jan 2012 (aged 80)
Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
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Dorothy LaVern Hill McRorey Nordine, 80, of Kearney, formerly of Cambridge, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dorothy Lavern was born July 21, 1931, in Kilgore, Texas, to James and Ruthie (Whisenhunt) Hill.

On Oct. 9, 1947, she married Vernon McRorey. He died in 1970. On Oct. 2, 1972, she married Carl Nordine. He died in 1978. In 1983, she married Jack Whitcomb. They divorced in 1989.

Survivors are: children and their spouses, Lemuel and Elizebeth McRorey of Morton, Texas, Verna and Victor Jordan of Collinsville, Texas, Joe and Debbie McRorey of Lubbock, Joy and Don Kinsley of Carroll, Iowa, Arneta and Steve Pike of Kearney, Mary and Wayne Ewald of Illinois and Carl and Tanya Nordine of South Dakota; 33 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Fisher and her husband, Gene, of Texas; aunt, Dorothy Otwell; many cousins and friends; and very special friends, Julian Aebischer, Bob and Rita Waltameth and Diane Rooks and her son, T.J.

D. Lavern grew up in California and Oklahoma and attended school at Bay Point School in Port Chicago, Calif., and Farmer's Hill School south of Millerton, Okla. She attended high school in Valliant and Wright City, Okla.

At age 16, she married Vernon Houston McRorey. They had nine children: Lemuel Lawson, Loelan James, Verna Uvone, Vernon Dennis, Joey DeWayne, Joyce Marie, Arnetta LaVern, Mary Lynn and William Dale. They had a beautiful life for 23 years. Vernon died of a heart attack in 1970.

D. Lavern married Carl Allen Nordine. They had one son, Carl Allen Nordine Jr. The couple traveled with the circus and fairs and worked in concessions and enjoyed the few short years together. Carl was killed in a truck accident in 1978 after having been married just 5½ years.

D. Lavern married Jack Whitcomb. The marriage ended in divorce in 1989, and she resumed her previous name of Nordine.

In her younger years, LaVern worked in the fields picking and chopping cotton, hoeing corn and doing other types of farm work, including pitching and tromping cotton behind a cotton stripper. She also flagged for an aerial service.

Later, in 1962, she went into nursing. As a nurses aide, she worked at Methodist Hospital, several nursing homes and the state school in Lubbock. She also worked for Texas Instruments. She moved to Cambridge in 1983 with husband, Jack, and son Carl Jr. She worked for Faw's Automotive, Cambridge Manor and, last but not least, drove a school bus for Cambridge schools from 1985 until 2010.

In addition to Vernon and Carl, she was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Loelan, Dennis and William; stepsons, Beryl and Lonnie McRorey; sisters, Ora Sylvester, Velma Teague and Doris Smith; and brother, David Hill.

Burial was in the City of Lubbock (Texas) Cemetery, Lubbock, TX..

Published in Kearney Hub on January 19, 2012

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