Laverne was born in Parkersburg and was the daughter of Helen L. Lough, and the late John B. Lough, Jr. A graduate of Parkersburg High School and a cheerleader for three years, she was a true "Big Red." She also attended West Virginia University, cheering there during one year. Laverne loved the Mountaineers. Whether winning or losing, she supported them, always a loyal fan.
She had a special love for children and taught special education in Huntington (WV), Venice (FL), and Belpre High School, in Belpre, Ohio. According to her sister Valerie, although Laverne never had any children of her own, "she treated many of her students as if they were her own." At the time that she passed away, she lived with her companion of nine years, Bill Beymer. Laverne and Bill enjoyed raising, training, and showing their three Rocky Mountain horses.
During her struggle with lymphoma, she fell from her horse and broke her back, yet continued teaching. She was an "upbeat person" who never complained. Valerie noted that, "She was the best sister a girl could ever have."
The Laverne L. Gibson Fund was created in 1999 and awarded its first scholarship in Laverne's memory to a student from Wood County, WV or Washington County, OH in 2000. The scholarship is intended for a student who has an interest in education, and particularly in special education.