Family and church comprise Ms. Luverne’s life. She describes her lifestyle as laid-back and simple, and she loves it this way. This mother enjoys spending time with her three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They all currently live in OKC and visit her frequently. When she is able, Luverne volunteers at her church, Church of the Living God. In her free time, Luverne likes to read new books, crochet and play the piano, which sits in her living room.
Born in Muskogee, Luverne moved to OKC in the 1960’s and established roots with her husband. She has enjoyed settling down in her quiet and comfortable neighborhood where she plans to stay. Luverne raised her three children in this neighborhood, which she calls beautiful.
Before settling down, she and her husband worked hard and went on frequent vacations all over the United States. Luverne was employed at different times throughout her young adult life, including a position in the psychiatric unit at St. Anthony’s hospital, which she notes was very interesting. Her husband was an engineer who loved to explore.
“He would find a place he wanted to go and call to tell me to book plane tickets,” Luverne remembers. “We traveled everywhere. His favorite places were on the water and coast.” The couple visited approximately 47 states throughout the years until her husband passed away. She quickly discovered that traveling without her husband was not the same. Luverne now prefers to stay home close to family.
During CapacityCorps MLK Work Week, Rebuilding Together OKC will install grab bars, replace a door, texture and paint Ms. Luverne’s home.