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LaVera M. Harshbarger, 87, of Fishers and a former Columbia City resident passed away at The Hearth at Windermere, Fishers at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. She was born Nov. 25, 1922 in Allen County, a daughter of William Roy and Ethel Nora (Smith) Harrison.
LaVera spent her lifetime in Allen and Whitley counties until moving to be near her daughter in Fishers. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1941 and Dec. 31, 1941, she married Lyle D. Harshbarger. She worked several years at the Aboite School Cafeteria and at Gardnerâ€™s Restaurant. She was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in rural Columbia City and was a former member of the Fort Wayne Eastern Star Lodge.
Survivors include her daughter, Judith Lynn (Wendell) Clifton of Carmel; one brother, William (Betty) Harrison of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Jeff Clifton of Carmel, Leeanne Koeneman of Churubusco, Jennifer Yahne of Carmel, Christy Rundle of Noblesville, Chad and Tara Harshbarger, both of Columbia City and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Douglas L. and Dennis J. Harshbarger; sister, Virginia â€śGinnieâ€ť DeMoney; and brother, James D. Harrison.
Visitation is from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will follow immediately at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hope Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Harshbarger to Hope Lutheran Church or Riley Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.