Wednesday was a special day for LaVerna Dierker, who turned 104. Family members joined her at Lacoba Homes in Monett for a birthday party, along with others celebrating a recent birthday. "She's still independent; just ask the staff here," said son Jerry, right. On hand for the occasion, from left, were: grandson Brett and great-gransons Cooper, Ruben and Riley. Dierker has lived in Monett since 1943 and has outlived her husband, Lloyd, by 54 years. Murray Bishofffirstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday was a special day for LaVerna Dierker, who turned 104.