A baby girl was born to Mina Jane Price Crail and Earl Foster Crail on August 3, 1913 in Avery, Iowa. They named her Laverta Ruth.
On March 17, 1914, the family boarded a train to come to Oklahoma. Earl’s brother Paul met them at the station in Gage, Ok on a cold day that Mina thought they would “freeze to death”.
They went to southeast of Arnett in the wagon pulled by a team of mules to stay with family until they could get settled.
They stayed in that area for about seven years. Laverta started to school at the Eddie School, walking or riding a horse four miles to school.
About 1921 the family moved to Catesby, Oklahoma where Laverta and little brothers Jason and Henry went to the Catesby School. Earl bought the garage in Catesby so the family lived there for a number of years.
Laverta graduated from the 8th grade then went to Laverne for her freshman and sophomore years. In 1931 she met a handsome dark haired fellow, Milford Jenkins. They were married October 17, 1931. They moved to a little 4 room house in Catesby where Milford worked and got started farming and running cattle.
On November 27, 1932, a baby boy, Donald Ray, was born. The family moved to a farm south of Catesby. A second baby boy, Milford Duane, was born July 28, 1934. When he was 13 months they moved to northeast of Catesby.
They lived there until August of 1943 when they bought the place 8 miles North of Shattuck. Another event happened, July 11, 1946, a sweet baby girl with lots of black hair, was born to this family. Her name is Carol Laverta.
Laverta took a job in town at Ken’s Drug. On November 16, 1956 Milford suffered a fatal heart attack. After his death Laverta and Carol moved into Shattuck, where Laverta took a job at the Shattuck National Bank. She continued to work for the Stuart Family until she retired.
On December 21, 1974, she married Cecil Yeager. After they both retired they lived in Shattuck. Cecil died March 27, 1989, after twenty- three years of marriage.
On March 3, 1994, she married long-time friend, Marvin Carnagey. They made their home at Marvin’s ranch and at Shattuck in her home. After 19 years of companionship, Marvin passed away quite suddenly on March 20, 2013.
After Laverta’s 100th birthday, she moved to Mesa View Assisted Living in Canadian, Texas.
She made many new friends there. Everyone called her Grandmother.
On August 5, 2016, after her 103rd birthday, she took a great first helicopter ride width Pilot Tray Webb and other Mesa residents. She loved the ride and was ready to go again!
Her life spanned from horse and buggy days to 747 jets and even a helicopter. She had 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and the light of her life were two great great grandsons to hold on her lap.
She was preceded in death by Grandson Jesse Ratliff and Great granddaughter Krystal Jenkins.
Laverta is survived by two sons and wives, Donald Ray and Judy Jenkins, Duane and Donna Jenkins and one daughter and husband, Carol and Danny Ratliff. Seven grandchildren David and Cindy Jenkins, Dale and Brenda Jenkins, Dennie Jenkins, Daniel and Jackie Jenkins, Milford and Peggy Jenkins and Amanda and Bob Bancroft.
Memorials are suggested to the Charity of your choice or to the Catesby United Methodist Church in care of the Mason Funeral Home, P.O. Box 695, Shattuck, Ok 73858.