Verla Mae LaRue


Verla, the daughter Edwin and Juanita Carswell, was born March 7, 1928 in Alton, KS and passed away July 4, 2020 at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. After graduating from Alton High School in 1946, she became a beautician. She married Darrell LaRue on February 5, 1950 in Alton. The couple moved to Topeka in 1951. They lived in Texas from 1999 until moving to Lawrence in 2015. She worked for Hiller’s Dairy for many years before working at the Kansas Corporation Commission, retiring in 1992.

She leaves behind, daughter Carol, son Vance, sisters-in-law Mary Jo Carswell and Gwen Strong, 4 grand children, and 5 great grand children. She was preceded in death by son David and husband Darrell. No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Shirley & Ed Kelly...

Carol & Vance we are very sorry for the lost of your mother so soon after your Dad passing. We called Verla after hearing of Darrel passing and she sounded real good and coherent. It came as a big surprise to see her obituary in the paper yesterday. We will never forget the good times we had on 27th st. at the block parties, and the times we spent together and how you 2 treated our girls. Your folks were the best and will be long remembered. God Bless them both and you 2 always. Keep in touch.

From LaDonna (Jones) Sanders...

Vance and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

From Ruth Scott...

I met Verla when I started working for the KCC in 1985. She was a great help to me and a good steward of the Commission’s funds. I valued her as a friend and admired her outlook on life. Your family has my sympathy – it is hard to lose two parents in such a short time.

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