1928-2016

BALDWIN — Verlean Shawver, 86, left this earthly world to be with her heavenly father on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Grand Oaks Nursing Center.

She was born in Beggs, Okla., to the proud parents of Donald and Ethel (Stephens) Hanson on Oct. 25, 1928. She was the second of five children. Verlean spent her early years in Oklahoma before she moved with her family to Gary, Ind. Eventually the family relocated to Baldwin in the early 1950s.

Verlean married Willie Moore in Tulsa, Okla., and out of that union one beautiful daughter was born, Starlean Moore Whiteside. She was later joined in matrimony to Virdee Shawver, who preceded her in death in 1998.

Verlean accepted the Lord in her life at an early age. She was an active member of Christ Community Church for a number of years before she moved her membership to Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church to be with her husband.

Verlean was an active member of the Lake County community.  She was employed at Regional Health Care where she served as a home health aide. She was a hard worker who was very committed and focused.  Verlean was very outgoing and extremely friendly.  She never met a stranger and was loved by many.

Verlean leaves to cherish so many wonderful memories, a loving family consisting of her sister, Juanita Nelson, of Baldwin; two grandchildren, Lentron Whiteside of Miami, Fla., and Magalena Whiteside, of Muskegon; three great-grandchildren, Sheaunte and Starlean Whiteside, of Muskegon, and Marcus Whiteside, of California; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will miss her.

Verlean was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Ethel Hanson; her daughter, Starlean Moore Whiteside; husbands, Willie Moore and Virdee Shawver; and her three brothers, Calvin, John and Melvin Hanson.

A homegoing service for Verlean will take place on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Leroy Childress officiating. Family hour will begin at 11 a.m. with the Homegoing service starting at noon. Burial will take place in Webber Township Cemetery later in the spring.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Verdun Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Baldwin.