Dorothy Laverne Schulze, a loving Mother, Grandmother, and friend, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Blaylock Funeral Home.

    Laverne was born to Perry and Mittie Moore Bonner in Karnack, Texas March 2, 1925. She married Richard Young and the two moved to Brownwood, Texas where they raised three sons: Robert, Doug, and Perry. Laverne was a trailblazer in industry working in a law office in Brownwood before turning her interest to banking. She went from working in banking to becoming a bank president and finally owning the bank. She was also a half owner of a pecan company, and finally owned a small oil company. In addition to her business acumen, Laverne was also an exceptional athlete. She played golf, tennis, basketball, and softball and received numerous awards over the years; including being named all-state and winning several state championships. She was also an avid dancer and gardener.

    While her accomplishments brought some satisfaction, nothing made her happier than her family. She followed her sons to many places to watch them compete. They would patiently listen to her coach and critique them because in the end, they always got a pat on the cheek, a hug around the neck, and the knowledge that no one in the world loved them more than Momma. Anytime her boys were near, her beautiful green eyes always shown with pride.

    Laverne was proceeded in death by her parents, Perry and Mittie Bonner; husband, Leland Schulze; her sons, Robert Allen Young and Doug Young; her brother, Perry Bonner; and her sisters, Gladys Little and Ella Mae Lewis.

    Survivors include her sons, Perry Young and wife Christi, of Burleson and Mike Schulze of Brownwood; grandchildren, Baron, Josh, Payton, Brandon, and West Young, Kathy Denton, and Jill Jaeckle; 13 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Judy Palmer.

    Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.