Ethel Laverne Butler Sellers was born at Liberty Grove (NE unincorporated Dallas County) on January 27, 1930. Her cemetery marker indicates that she was born in 1929, but that is because her dad had the date of birth changed so that she could start work a year early. She was born during the great depression and was very motivated to get off the family farm and have a job in town.
Laverne was the fourth of five children born to Floyd Calvin Butler and Trula Pearl Travis Butler. Their children, listed by oldest first were: Martin L., Ellen Louise, Glen C., Ethel Laverne and Thomas Edward. Trula’s mother died during childbirth back in Oklahoma, but the baby lived. Trula and Floyd then went to Oklahoma and brought her little infant baby sister, Irene, home with them and raised her as she was their own daughter.
There was no high school at Liberty Grove or Rowlett so Laverne attended Garland High. She then graduated from Draughn Business College and was soon working as a private secretary for the vice president of the Southwest Division of Sears and Roebuck on Ross Avenue in Dallas for 20 years. Sears had a very large department on the lower floors and their headquarters was on the upper floors.
Laverne met her future husband at a softball game where she played for Byer-Rolnick Hat Factory in Garland. Bill Sellers was the umpire and Laverne was at home plate when Bill called her out. Laverne strongly disagreed. She looked him square in the face with those flashing green eyes as she made a few “salty” remarks. Bill said he fell in love that minute with the little spitfire. They were married in January of 1947.
They had one daughter, Sheryl Elaine Sellers, who is married to Walter J. Wilson, II. Laverne was close friends with Eula Ross Forster and also with Ernest and Selena Mae Oehlke and their family. She loved Liberty Grove and thought it was a wonderfully tight knight community and a great place to grow up. She died on June 21, 2006 and is buried at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.