Joyce LaVerne Sensiba

(Joyce) LaVerne Sensiba passed away on January 11, 2012 under the care of Scott & White Hospice and the staff at Alzcare in Temple, Tx.

The daughter of Grover Cleveland and Clara (Whiteside) Spears, LaVerne was born July 10, 1929, 8th of 10 children, with 7 sisters and 2 brothers.

LaVerne attended UTEP, and was a teaching assistant in the English department, receiving her Masters in English in the mid-70s, and worked for the Girl Scouts and taught at a technical school in El Paso, and then worked for the US Civil Service Commission and the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, DC. She moved to Temple in 1980.

She was active in the League of Women Voters in the 60s and 70s in El Paso, and was a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowships in El Paso and Temple TX. She also received training in income tax preparation and volunteered at VITA providing free tax preparation services for several years.

She married William Alfred Sensiba in December of ’49, and is survived by her three children, Greg (Vicki) of Oakton, VA; Scott of St. Louis, MO; and Jill (George Keith) of Elgin TX, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, as well as a large extended “chosen” family affectionately called the “Sensibala clan.”

A memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bell County at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday January 15.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bell County, AlzCare of Temple, or the national Alzheimer’s Association.


  1. i’m with OpenDoor Housing Fund, a charity that Joyce lent money to. We are now making partial distributions of those earlier loans. A check was sent to the last known address, but the check has never been cashed. Please contact me so that we can discuss reissuing the check

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