LaVern Leahy, age 79, Fargo, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2005, in MeritCare Palliative Care Unit in Fargo. LaVern Smith was born in Ayr, ND, on April 24, 1925, to Frank and Nellie Smith. She graduated from Ayr High School and attended business college in Fargo. In 1945, she married Lanny Femrite. He died in 1978. In 1987, she married James E. Leahy and lived in San Diego, CA. In 1991, they returned to Fargo. LaVern worked for 38 years at Merchants National Bank and Trust Company, and was the first woman officer of the bank. She is survived by her husband, James of Fargo; two sisters, DeLila (Don) McLean of Lancaster, CA, and Mary Nesemeier of Bismarck, ND; four stepchildren, Jay Leahy of Covelo, CA, Jerry (Patricia) Leahy of Coronado, CA, Jeffrey (Pam) Leahy of Charlotte, NC, and Janis (Don) LaVigne of Carlsbad, CA; seven grandchildren, Tai Leahy, Kristin (Scott) Leahy, Brian LaVigne, David LaVigne, Lauren Leahy, Tori Leahy, and James Leahy; and one great grandchild, Cameron Leahy. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2:00 PM in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Elim Lutheran Church, Fargo. Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook available at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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