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LaVerta Jane Crowder Meaney

LaVerta Jane Crowder Meaney entered this life on May 2, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas. She was the daughter of James L. Crowder Sr., and Lola (Myers) Crowder, both deceased.

In 1961, the family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, where she continued her public-school education. Jane excelled in all things academic and was valedictorian in high school. She graduated from Abilene Christian College, summa cum laude. She worked for Tenneco Chemicals and Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey before returning to Texas and enrolling in the University of Texas at San Antonio Medical School. Upon graduation she began her career in anesthesiology. Dr. Crowder worked in Dallas, Denton, Houston, and Huntsville, Texas, and she especially enjoyed her time with locum tenens which enabled her to see other parts of the country. She loved traveling with anyone and visited more than 70 countries.

She also loved the multiplicity of pets and playing and watching tennis and college football. As a pilot of her own Mooney airplane, she logged more that 4, 500.00 hours and gladly ferried friends and animals across the United States to wherever they needed to be.

She married William M. Meaney in 1980 and they had 42 years of marriage. She is survived by her husband in Mena, Arkansas; her brother, James L. Crowder, Jr. of Edmond, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Without any fanfare, celebration or burial her final take-off occurred on November 15, 2022.  Mrs. Meaney was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home…no services are scheduled at this time.

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