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Leta LaVerne Boolen
12/07/1930 — 04/01/2021
From Richland, Washington | Born in Violet Hill, Arkansas
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Leta LaVerne Boolen
Leta LaVerne Boolen, 90, passed away in Richland on April 1, 2021 joining her beloved husband Richard and oldest son Michael in Heaven. The joy they must be feeling to be together again in Paradise eases some of the grief of losing her. LaVerne was born on December 07, 1930, to Kitty Thelma and Thomas Earsel Jackson in Violet Hill, Izard County, Arkansas. Mom was the oldest of 5 children growing up on a farm with their parents, raising and growing their own food. In 1950, the family moved to the Wenatchee area where other family had previously relocated. It was there that she met Richard, a friend of her brothers, who became her husband of 58 years.
In the summer of 1959, LaVerne and Richard moved from Wenatchee to Richland with the first 4 of their 6 children. Arriving in the desert with tumbleweeds, dust, and blistering heat was not her idea of the ideal place to raise her family, but being an incredibly dedicated mother and wife, she made the best of it.
In 1971, LaVerne returned to work outside of the home. She began working on the Hanford site at FFTF as a secretary in the Engineering department. When Hanford’s first Work Control group was established at FFTF, she transferred to that department playing an integral role in controlling work package distributions between departments. Routinely, packages would get lost in the shuffle and she could always be counted on to track them down. She made many friends during her career and those relationships continued beyond her retirement in 1994.
LaVerne was a devoted, loving mother and wife, always sacrificing to ensure her family was well cared for. Life with Mom and Dad was filled creating precious memories – Christmas, birthdays, hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, going to the first boat races on the Columbia, vacations to Disney Land, Yellowstone, Mexico, and Canada. Even being at the dinner table with all eight of us was usually an adventure! Mom lived her life by the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Mom’s greatest gift to her family was teaching unconditional love; never condoning our mistakes, but never condemning us for them, always forgiving, always loving.
LaVerne is survived by her sons Paul (Shawna) Boolen, Lane (Linda) Boolen, Scott Boolen, Frank Boolen, and daughter Susan (Jeff) Middlemas; grandchildren Christopher, Elizabeth, Michelle, Erin, Connor, Jessica, Ethan, Audrey, Dustin, Aimee, Jason, Jennifer, Noah, Miranda, Sara, and Jeffery; great grandchildren Augustus, August, Brodie, Cooper, Whitley, JJ, Jasmine, Jenaveve, James, and Mikey; sisters Sue Blankenship and Linda (Dennis) Slack, and sister-in-law Margaret Snell.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, son Michael, parents Thomas and Kitty Jackson, brothers Babe and Bob Jackson.
A Memorial Service will be held on April 17, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage BLVD, Richland, WA.
To the Boolen family.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. Moms are God’s gift to children and always should be cherished. Remember the good times and be thankful for the many years you had together. — Keith
LaVerne was such a lovely lady. We will always remember her beautiful smile. Sending prayers to her family and friends
To the Boolen Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We had the pleasure of working with your parents out at the Hanford site. They were both very nice and caring people, and they will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mom was so loved and hope her memories keep your heart full of love and blessings.
Mom, I’m counting on you to hear me when I need to talk or get your opinion about something. I’m also praying I know what you would tell me or how to handle a situation.
I miss you terribly every day but I know that you are at peace in heaven. I’m going to hold on tightly to those beliefs.
I love you, Susan
I worked with your mom at FFTF. She was always so kind and so sweet. I loved her laugh… she made me always feel so special. I’m so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel….
I miss you so much. I sure wish I could call you or come see you again just so I could get that precious hug and kiss, and hear you say ” I Love You ” as I’m walking out the door, at least one more time. My heart is so broken right now it is hard to function.
I love you with all of my broken heart and soul, Paul