She was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. LaVeta was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, James Milton Stiles; her first husband, Paul Raymond Cook, a WWII hero killed in action, awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross (a presidential award); her parents, Willard Harland Lamb and Clara Bessie Lamb; sisters, Nadine Evans and Margaret Cook; and brothers, Harold Lamb, Edwin Lamb and Delbert Lamb, who died at birth.
Survivors include daughters, Denevia Stiles Rearden of Moncks Corner, S.C.; and her daughters, Emily Stonick and children, Clair and Ryan; Denevia’s daughter, Ellen Davis and husband, Patrick, and children, Emma, Mackenzie and Robert; Denevia’s daughter, Elisha Branton and husband Robert, and children Grace and Luke; daughter, Patricia Stiles Walls of Morris, Ala., and son, Geoff; son, James Michael Stiles and wife, Debbie, of Huntsville, Ala.
LaVeta and James Milton were married in California. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, they moved back to New Market, Ala. LaVeta and James Milton, along with James (Jim) Luther and Sallie Stiles, owned and operated their store in New Market until the fall of 1963, when James Milton became a life insurance agent and moved to Huntsville, Ala. LaVeta was born in Labette County and has a long list of dearly loved relatives and friends in the Kansas area.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala. A brief graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huntsville Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, (800) 272-3900, www.alz.org.