Verna Mae Anderson was born April 22, 1924, in Oberlin, Kansas, to Warner J. And Martha (Gunter) Marvin. She passed Wednesday, January 11, 2012, away at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 87.
Verna Mae lived most of her life in Oberlin. She attended Oberlin Elementary School and Decatur Community High School.
Her first husband was Franklin Jackson, whom she married on October 17, 1942, in Norton, Kansas. He preceded her in death.
Verna Mae married Wayne G. Bryan on August 25, 1946, in Oberlin. They lived on the Bryan home place, and she kept busy being a farm wife and mother of four daughters. Wayne preceded her in death on July 2, 1973. In 1974, Verna Mae moved to Oberlin and began working for Decatur Health Systems.
On December 26, 1992, she married Walter Anderson in Oberlin, where they made their home. He passed away April 5, 2004. Verna Mae moved to Topeka in May 2008 to be closer to family.
Verna Mae was an active member of the United Church of Oberlin and American Legion Post #70 Auxiliary. Her favorite pastimes included quilting, cooking and collecting dolls.
Survivors include her three daughters, Christina Wesch, of Topeka, Linda and Clifford Mills, of Chandler, AZ, and Katherine and Ron Haug, of Buena Vista, CO; three step children, Bill and Debra Anderson, of Topeka, and Fred Anderson and Melanie Anderson, both of Oberlin; one sister, Dorothy Avery, of Norton; four grandchildren, five step grandchildren; three great- grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren; in addition to other family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Verna Mae was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Bryan in 1963; brother, Huston Hibberts; and nephew, Huston Hibberts.
Funeral Service: Saturday, January 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin, Kansas, with Rev. Judi Stricker officiating.
Visitation: Friday from 1-8 p.m., with the family present from 7-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until time of service.
Memorial Fund: Verna Mae Memorial Fund
Burial: Oberlin Cemetery, Oberlin, Kansas