The matriarch of our family Laverne Bates Weger passed away peacefully at her home on March 5, 2023 at the age of ninety five. Having been widowed for almost twenty five years, we can only imagine the beautiful reunion with our dad Alfred Lee Weger.
Mom was born December 26, 1927 in Ogden, Utah the oldest daughter of Louis Edward and Bertha Hull Bates. She was fiercely protective of her younger sisters JoAnn and MaryBeth. She spent her childhood in Hooper and Morgan, Utah. She met the love of her life Alfred Lee Weger at a bus stop and they were married May 21, 1949 in Evanston, Wyoming. On June 10, 1957 they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a devoted military couple, their travels included Germany, Kentucky, New Mexico and Alaska where they made many lasting friendships and their family continued to grow. They especially enjoyed their time helping the church establish new branches in both Clovis, New Mexico and Chugiak, Alaska. After retiring from the Air Force they spent many more years in Alaska before returning to retire in Ogden, Utah in 1978.
As a busy homemaker and mother of eight children, mom always found time to serve those around her. She held many leadership positions in Alaska and in the Ogden 7th Ward of the Lorin Farr Stake. She served as PTA President, Republican Committee Delegate, and in numerous other community organizations. She enjoyed working as an Aloette Beauty Consultant and participating in the Business Professional Women's Association (BPW). In 2001, she moved to Riverdale and was a member of the Riverdale 5th Ward which she loved dearly.
Her lifetime hobby was gardening where she spent hours pruning roses and cultivating her green thumb. She loved seeing growth in people and plants. The harvest brought her great joy and she spent hours canning in the fall.
Mom was a champion for the underdog. Although quiet and unassuming, she gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. She saw the good in everyone and everything. When cautioned that she might get taken advantage of, she replied, “I’d rather error on the wrong side.”
Family was everything to mom and she is leaving behind quite the legacy to prove it. She is survived by all eight of her children, Louis (Tanya) Weger, Richard Weger, James (Marla Berg) Weger, R. Steven Weger, Viola (Thomas) Tomisin, Barbara (George) Raymond, David (Denise) Weger and Pamela (Stanley) Bird; 32 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren who fondly referred to her as Grandma Great. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Primary Children’s Hospital are greatly appreciated.