Sunday, November 13, 2011

Verna Mae Nichol

Last week the last of my Dad's generation was laid to rest.  Aunt Verna is a part of my earliest memories. Before I'd entered school she came for a visit. One afternoon as we passed a roadside fruit stand she asked if I liked cantaloupe. I'd never had such a thing and she told me that is was the best thing ever. It melted in your mouth and was quite possibly better than ice cream. On the way back home we stopped and bought several of these wonderful fruits. I became suspicious when the melons were cut and I caught wind of the musty smell but after a bite I knew I'd been sold a bill of goods!

I just received a package filled with family things. One was an old autograph album of Aunt Verna's from 1938-1945. In it were many heartfelt messages to: "Irish" "Itty Bit" and "Little one". I learned that she had gone to Greeley and Steamboat Springs to signal school in the hopes of becoming a W.A.A.C. and serve in WWII.

The following speaks of the Young Aunt Verna that my dad talked aboout and I saw when she came to visit as a young woman:

Dear "Little One"
What more could the world ask for on this St. Patrick's Day than a lovely little colleen by the name of Murphy. I'll always remember those twinkling eyes, the red hair and that pretty smile.
Ruth, Gerald, Aunt Emma holding Verna
Margaret holding Verna, Gerald, Ruth and Joseph Murphy
Gerald, Ruth and Verna Murphy
Verna and Brice Nichol
Verna Mae Nichol 
November 6, 1924 ~  October 27, 2011 
Hometown: Clearfield, UT

CLEARFIELD – Verna Mae Nichol, 86, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on October 27, 2011.

She was born on November 6, 1924 to Joseph and Margrette Duis Murphy in Mt. Harris, Colorado. Verna met the love of her life, Calvin Bryce Nichol and they were married on November 8, 1946 in Ogden, Utah.

She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Association and the Federal Women’s Association. She especially loved spending time with her adopted family and friends. Verna enjoyed bowling, camping, and fishing.

Verna is survived by her caregiving family and dear friends, Beverly (George) Fearn of Morgan; Brandi Fearn of Clearfield; and Angila, Alisha, and Trever Piper of Clearfield; and Brandee Jo and Kaydee May, who of Verna thought of as her own great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin B. Nichol, son, Larry Nichol, and a brother Gerald and a sister Ruth.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.

Many thanks go out to Hearts for Hospice care team.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Trying to get in touch with you. Dale and Susan Carper (Aunt Vern's family).