Mella Laverty, 77, of Concord, N.C., formerly of Bedford Village and Savannah, N.Y., passed away on February 17, 2013.
Daughter of the late Michael & Mamie Della Valla of Harrison, N.Y., and sister to the late Marguerite Quagliozzi, she is survived by her children, Michael Laverty, Debra Laverty, Robin Molloy, Gary Laverty, and Georgene Beardsley; and her grandchildren, Leah Laverty and Dana and Daniel Molloy.
Mella was an active member of New Life Fellowship Church in Concord, N.C. She was an avid lover of animals and spent her life contributing to many charities that rescued and cared for abused or forgotten animals.
She was a graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and loved gardening and cooking for her family.
Her colorful personality and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all.
Any donations should be made in her name to the ASPCA, The Humane Society or Guiding Eyes for The Blind.
A private cremation occurred through Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, North Carolina. Visitation will be on Thursday February 28, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave, Brewster.