LaVera Hillman

LaVera Hillman

July 13, 1924 – July 29, 2021

The Southern Belle, born and raised in Morton, Mississippi, LaVera Hillman has joined with her forever partner and our Lord and Savior. LaVera passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. She just celebrated her 97th birthday with family and friends on July 13.

Born on July 13, 1924, to Albert Benjamin Cooper and Florence Lutishey Stuart, she was raised on the cotton farms in Mississippi. She met her future husband, Irvin E. Hillman, while attending a junior college in Jackson, Mississippi. LaVera served as a supporter of the war effort, while Irvin was in the Army Air Corps. It was there that they fell in love and became husband and wife. 

Irvin and LaVera made their way to Wyoming in 1947 to raise their family. Together they raised four children, Mark, Janice, Larry and Susan. LaVera worked throughout her life in Lovell in the U.S. Post Office, Western National Bank and as the face of the Town of Lovell. It was at the Town of Lovell office that she retired her working mother career.

During her working years and after retirement she was always actively involved at St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she actively served as a Sunday school teacher, on the alter guild as a communion server and as hymn leader and was an active member of LWML. St. John’s gave her great comfort.

 LaVera was the last member of her Cooper family. Her mom and dad, her husband, Irvin, and 13 members of her family have preceded her in passing. 

She is survived by her children, Mark (Mary) Hillman of Powell, Janice Hillman of Lovell, Larry Hillman of Lovell and Susan (Matt) Kay of Laramie; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews scattered across the world. 

 The family of LaVera Hillman would like to thank New Horizons Care Center in Lovell for their tender care and also extend appreciation to the nursing staff and primary doctors for their care.

Funeral services for LaVera will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lovell. Burial will be at the Lovell Cemetery immediately following the service. 

A luncheon will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran Woman’s Mission League (LWML) of St. John’s Lutheran
Church, 150 Park Ave., Lovell, WY 82431.