Age 99 of Centerville, passed away on December 24, 2017. Vera Lorraine Sparrow was born on September 8, 1918, to Clayton and Katie (Dalenberg) Sparrow in Simpson, Minnesota. Vera was united in marriage to Floyd LaMotte on September 10, 1947. They lived in Centerville, Minnesota, where they raised their four children - Jeanne, Joe, Jim, and Jay. Vera was employed as a riveter in California during World War II. After her marriage, she was a storekeeper of the LaMotte General Store, and she was later employed by a children's store and Anderson Party Supply in White Bear Lake. She regularly attended Living Faith Church in Circle Pines until her illness.
Vera is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (Jim) Haynes of Summertown, TN; her sons, Joe (Jane) of Atlanta, GA; Jim (Debbie) of Stacy, MN; and Jay (Kiki) of Anoka, MN; 10 grandchildren - Nissa Fuller (fiancé Dave) of Chandler, AZ; David (Shelly) of Mesa, AZ; Jenna (Zac) Warner of Summertown, TN; Nicole Lemus of Muskego, WI; Meggan (Joe) Veierstahler of Glendale, WI; Chris LaMotte of Atlanta, GA; Gina LaMotte of Austin, TX; Jacob LaMotte of Stacy, MN; Miller LaMotte of Minneapolis, MN; and Baker LaMotte of Anoka, MN; and 18 great-grandchildren - Makenzie, Maya, Trinity, Reese, Drew, Max, Ethan, Broden, Trayton, Baylor, Paxton (deceased), Tuskin (deceased), Blaise, Tuxton, Andres, Luca, Sophia, and Kate. Other survivors include her sister, Elizabeth (Rod) Lawrence of Burbank, CA; and her brother, Ronald (Yvonne) Sparrow of Hugo, MN.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd; her sisters, Irene Harnesh, Maxine Scharpen, and Grace Butler; her brothers, Merlin Sparrow, Arnold Sparrow, Stewart Sparrow, George Sparrow, Roger Sparrow, and Everel Sparrow; and her great-grandchildren, Paxton Warner and Tuskin Warner.
Vera was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; she had a deep faith in God and a great love of music.
There will be a celebration of her life next summer.
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