In Memory of



Obituary for LaVerne Tellis-Stephens

Mrs. Laverne Tellis-Stephens, a longtime resident of North Brunswick, NJ passed away at home on August 1st, 2022. Laverne, affectionately known as “El-La", was born May 13th, 1950, to the Late Eva Mae Tellis-Griffin & George Cannon, in New Brunswick, NJ. She was 72 years old.

LaVerne was educated through the Franklin Township Public School System & graduated from Franklin High School in 1968. Afterward, she attended Middlesex County College. She was previously employed at Littman Jewlers, as a diamond ologist. LaVerne, prior to her death, was employed at both Brooks Warehouse & Stop & Shop, where she gave her service & time for over 30 years.

LaVerne or “El-La” was most defiantly a force to be reckoned with! She was loving, full of wisdom & gave it all straight with no chaser. Never did she waver in her availability to lend a listening ear & support. Out of 6 girls, she’d be the one most known to look & act like her mother, Mae. LaVerne was well known for her famous potato salad, a staple at any family gathering. LaVerne was a lover of most sports, especially golf & softball. She too, was an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens & New York Yankees.

She was predeceased by her husband James. She was also predeceased by her brother James Griffin and sisters Abigail Griffin and Dorothy Wooding.

With Love, LaVerne leaves behind to cherish her memory her 2 children: Edward & Nikki Tellis. Her 2 stepdaughters: Rena Lingo & Ruth Walker. Her Siblings: Ms. Rosemary Griffin, Ms. Elaine Cooper, Mrs. Cecilia Lodge, Mr. Roger Griffin, & Mr. Claude Griffin (Novlette). The littlest ones to share in her memory: Her grandchildren: Morell Morand, Mahagoni McCaskill, Mulan Harris & Aziz Tellis. Her Great Grandchildren: Ayden & Zaveon Morand, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.