The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 18, 2013

Verna Berneice Tucker

Published 11-19-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Verna Berneice Tucker will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Kiowa Methodist Church, with Pastor Keith Fink officiating. Interment will be in Kiowa Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home, Alva.

Verna Berneice Tucker, daughter of the late Vernon Cecil and Dot Marie (McKitrick) Merryman, was born Feb. 11, 1923, at home on 7th Street in Kiowa, Kan., and entered into heaven on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Kiowa Hospital District Manor, at the age of 90 years, 9 months and 5 days.

Verna graduated from Kiowa High School with the class of 1941.

After graduation, she worked in the office at Kiowa High School before moving to Wichita and working in the secretarial pool at Boeing.

Cecil Ivan Tucker Jr. and Verna were united in marriage on April 16, 1944, at the home of her parents in Kiowa. They resided in several different farmhouses south of Kiowa and rental properties in Kiowa before building their home in 1962. Verna was a housewife and a partner in Tucker businesses.

She was a member of Kiowa United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing in numerous card clubs, her membership in several garden clubs, singing in quartets and teaching kindergarten Sunday school.

Her hobbies included painting, knitting, crocheting, needle work, traveling, reading, and doing crosswords. She always looked forward to hosting family holiday meals, playing with her grandchildren, and later on her great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her in-laws, Cecil and Edna Tucker Sr.; brothers, Vernon Leroy (Genieve) and John Merryman; sisters, Liberty Bell (Francis) Gardner and Bessie Merryman; son-in-law, Bruce Bryan; and brother-in-law, Dale Tucker.

Verna is survived by her husband, Cecil Tucker Jr. of Kiowa; sisters-in-law, Marie Tucker of Kiowa and Betty Merryman of Topeka; daughter, Cynthia Bryan of Kiowa; son, Mark Tucker and wife Karen of Burlington; grandchildren, Lacey Schofield and husband David of Ellinwood, Barbara Baird and husband Alan of Pflugerville, Texas, Jeff Bryan and wife Aimee of Springdale, Ark.; 11 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Southwind Hospice, Kiowa Hospital District Manor or Kiowa Public Library.

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(Submitted by family)