Verna House, Ponca City resident, died Sept. 4, 2013, at Via Christi Village. She was 95. Verna died on the 19th anniversary of the death of her husband, Chester "Chet" House.
The family will gather to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at Trout Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Haviland Community Cemetery in Haviland, with nephew Steve House of Haltom City, Texas, officiating.
Verna Marjorie Sneed was born May 17, 1918, to Anna Mae Bryant Sneed and Vernon H. Sneed. She was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Haviland High School in 1936. She married in Haviland on Oct. 2, 1937, and she and Chet moved to Liberal in 1940. They were married 57 years.
In Liberal, Verna was president and life member of the PTA, enjoyed monthly pitch parties with Lucky 13 Pitch Club, was past Noble Grand of the Liberal Rebekah Lodge, and retired in 1983 after working 18 years as the Seward County deputy county clerk.
In 1986, Verna and Chet moved to Ponca City to be near family. They joined the First United Methodist Church where they belonged to the Friendship Sunday School Class and then the Good Samaritan Class. They also participated in the church's Silver Bells choir.
Verna liked to sew, knit, and crochet. She was proud of her family and was independent and spunky. She was able to live in her own home until 18 months ago, when she moved to Via Christi Village.
She will be greatly missed by her three children, Chester House of Ponca City, Jim House of Tulsa, Okla., and Cheryl Hillman and husband, Bill, of Ponca City; three grandchildren, Denise Hillman Arizpe and her husband, Dan, of Round Rock, Texas, Brian Hillman and his wife, Jenni, of Piedmont, Okla., and Jamie House and her husband, Andy Dyer, of Houston; great grandchildren, Jayna and Billy Arizpe and Doran and Thalen Hillman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters, and a daughter-in-law, Kay House.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. House's name to the First United Methodist Church, Sixth at Central, Ponca City, OK 74601.