Verna Elizabeth Knedler, 104, of Farmington, Iowa, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Ottumwa Regional Hospital, Ottumwa, Iowa.
Born March 23, 1908 in Lee County, Iowa the daughter of Jasper R. and Mary E. (Anders) Smith. On December 11, 1948 she married Wm. Paul Knedler in Sidney, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 27, 1977.
Survivors include one son Jon (Donna) Knedler of Wesco, Texas; one daughter Janey (Frank) Huston of Ottumwa, Iowa; four grandchildren Julie Shaffer, Lisa Farrell, Nick Knedler, Sean Bitner; and three great-grandchildren Grant Shaffer, Megan Shaffer and Nicole Bitner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wm. Paul; son Richard (Dick) Knedler; one grandson Jeremy Bitner; four sisters Lula Pickard, Leota Overton, Minnie Smith, Delpha Umphrey and two brothers Archie Smith and Lawrence Smith.
Verna was a member of the Farmington Methodist Church, a fifty year member of the Chapter O, PEO, a member of the Eastern Star and the Methodist Women. She had worked for Riders Furniture and Riders Nursery and Floral both of Farmington. She served on the Farmington Public Library Board for twenty years. Verna was also a homemaker, she loved flowers and nature’s beauty. She enjoyed caring and cooking for her family and playing cards, especially Bridge with her friends.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012 at Farmington Methodist Church in Farmington, Iowa with Pastor Goldie Laymon and Pastor Jackie Thompson officiating. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. Until the time of the service. Burial will be at the Sharon Presbyterian Church Cemetery in rural Farmington, Iowa.
Memorials may be made in her memory to the Farmington Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhomes.com.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.