|Laverne Arella Henry-Brackens|
Laverne Arella Henry
Aldessa Joyce Henry-Bass
Willie E.(Elbert) Henry, Jr.
Vernetta Lee Henry
Eleanore Henry (died in child birth)
Clifton Artel Henry
Their father W.E. was an only child and their mother, Gladys, was the only Durham daughter who gave birth to children, among the four sisters in her family. Their mother was a homemaker and quilted to keep the large family of children warm in the winter time. Laverne participated in her mother's quilt making activities during her youth.
"Laverne is the middle generation of the quilters still active in her family today. Like her Aunt Katie Mae Tatum and her daughter Sherry Byrd, she learned the basics of quilting at home., observing her mother and grandmother and occasionally trying her hand at stitching and piecing. But as one of the eldest children in her parent's home, she recalls being responsible for many other household tasks. Perhaps for this reason she didn't continue quilting as a young woman.
After marrying Connie Freddie Lee Brackens in the 1940's, Mrs. Brackens worked in a variety of jobs, but most consistently as a cook in private homes and public institutions. After an accident in the early 1980's, she retired from her job and was prevented from further work involving physical strain. As it turned out, quilting provided just the right creative outlet for her boundless energy. Nowadays, she spends all of her free time cutting, piecing and sewing several quilts a month."
Pat Jasper, Director
Texas Folk life Resources Gallery
Austin, Texas 1999
|A favorite Laverne Brackens quilt at Quilts of Color Exhibit ,Texas Folklife|
Resources Gallery in 1999
|Example of Laverne Brackens Numbers Quilt Design.|
|Off Set Blocks by Laverne Brackens.|
Some of Laverne Brackens wonderful creations: