LaVerne Rains


Joyce LaVerne Johnston Rains, 73 of Dale, joined her husband in Heaven on Dec, 1, 2013.

She was born in Houston on Sept. 20, 1940, to Eva Mae and William Carey Johnston, who both preceded her. It was there she met her childhood sweetheart Luther, and they began a 54-year journey of love and happiness together until God called him home this week two years ago.

LaVerne”s lo

ve of music came from her mother and she enjoyed playing the piano and singing with the Caldwell Carolers. A member of First Luling UMC and active in many community organizations, LaVerne served as treasurer for both the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches and the Tilmon Community Center.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother she leaves behind her son, Clayton Rains and daughter, Karen Rains Holliday; her grandson, Jason Holliday and his wife, Rhiannon; granddaughters, Kristen Holliday and April Rains Carpenter; great-grandson, Hayden Michael Carpenter and devoted brother, Ray Johnston who always watched over his baby sister.

Visitation with the family was planned from 5 -7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart, Texas. A celebration of her life was scheduled the following day at 11 a.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Tilmon Community Center.

Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, (512) 398-4791. To view and sign the guestbook, visit



1 comment

  1. Julie Forbing 4 December, 2013 at 15:54 Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. We have lost a wonderful kind friend of mine to our Lord and Savior. We now have another angel watching over us. Mrs. Rains was so kind and loving. She would give her shirt off her back to someone else that was in need. I will truly miss her. She left some big shoes to fill. If you need anything please call me. 512-227-6128. I will miss cleaning her house and visiting with her as well. God Bless, Julie

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