Lavern “Shorty” Stott

{June 15, 1928 - December 22, 2012}

Lavern “Shorty” Stott, 84, of Memphis died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Laurence and Opal (Echelberger) Stott on June 15, 1928 in rural Scotland County.

Lavern married the former Alta Mitten on July 23, 1949 in Medill. She preceded him in death on September 6, 1998.

The Stotts farmed and raised their family in Scotland County.  They bought their farm in 1959, and farming was his life. Lavern strongly believed in hard work, and was very proud of his farm with his registered Angus cattle and horses.  He had hoped to live long enough to see the house turn 100 years old in 2017.

But he also lived life to the fullest.  The Stotts enjoyed square dancing and watching basketball games.   Family was very important to him, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.   He tried to attend as many of their activities as possible, be it hockey, basketball, football or other functions.

Lavern enjoyed traveling, visiting much of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother, Donald Stott; a sister, Neva Cain; and a sister-in-law, Leta Mae Stinnett.

He is survived by his son, Clifton and wife Reta Stott of Scotland County; daughters, Cathy and husband Mike Farris of Greentop, Beverly and husband Paul Ayres of Prior Lake, MN, and Carla and husband Royce Cook of Memphis; a brother, Leland and wife Marjorie Stott of St. Charles, IA; a brother-in-law, Carl and wife Lois Mitten of Houston, TX; grandchildren Corey, Travis, and Kirk Stott, Jody, Chad, Pete and Brad Farris, David, Brett, and Shane Ayres, Shayla Lowe, Brenna Poe and Kaela Cook; great grandchildren, Jacob, Kylee, Layne, Levi, Mya and Ava Stott, Kaitlyn, Brady, Jenna, Justin, Ryan, Hannah, Kayden and Brogen Farris, Zoe, Dylan and Riley Ayres, Porter Lowe, and Triston Poe; a special friend, Joann Rood of Memphis.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 26 at the Memphis First Christian Church with Seth Wortman officiating.  Burial will be in the Prairie View Cemetery.

Visitation is prior to the service on Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m. at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Scotland County Hospital.

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  1. Clifton, Cathy, Beverly, & Carla,

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. Please know that I’m keep you and your families in my thoughts.

    “Shorty” was quite a guy, and I know you will miss him something awful.

    Comment by Bonnie Woods Schultz on December 27, 2012 at 1:13 am
  2. Carla & family, So sorry we could not be there in person to express our sympathy but please know you have been in our thoughts & prayers. I know Shorty’s passing will leave a large void in your family.

    Comment by Darlene Drake & Dean Riley on December 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm
  3. Lavern was such a great cousin! He would take us including or daughters and grandsons on a tour of the farm when we would visit from Colorado! We always looked forward to seeing him and the animals etc. We will miss him!

    Comment by Donna(Robinson) Fleming on January 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  4. So sorry to hear of Shorty’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Bill & Deb (Ferguson) Herring on January 5, 2013 at 3:52 am

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