It is with great sadness we report the passing of Laverne Edwards, a former Day Nursery teacher who was dedicated to educating the children of Day Nursery for 23 years. She passed away at Methodist Hospital last week.
Laverne’s family is deeply connected to Day Nursery. Currently two of Laverne’s sisters work for Day Nursery. Dollie Smith is the cook at our Clarian Center, and Angie Brown cooks at our Northwest Center.
Laverne came to Day Nursery in the summer of 1985 and spent most her time with us at our Wiles Center on East Street. She spent the spring of 2008 at our Federal Center and worked briefly at the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center on Central Avenue until June 2008. Day Nursery Federal Center Director Sarah Parks, who worked with Laverne at our Wiles and Federal Centers remembered Laverne as a well-respected by her peers and supervisors. “She was always our rock—you could count on her to be there no matter what center she was assigned to at the time,” said Parks. “I valued her opinion in things we were doing both at Wiles and Federal, and called on her many years of experience. She did a lot as far as classroom observations & getting my classrooms ready for our NAEYC accreditation visits.”
Services will be Wednesday, October 27 with a calling from 11:00 am-1:00 pm followed by the service at 1:00 pm at St Rita’s Catholic Church, 1733 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Parkway, Indianapolis.