Verna E. Singer


(May 26, 2001)

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for long-time area resident Verna E. Singer, 98, who died at the Powell Nursing Home Saturday, May 26.

Father Tom Ogg will preside at the Friday morning service and burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. He will also recite the Christian Wake Service tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's.

She was born Verna E. Friess on March 20, 1903, in Glasford, Ill., daughter of Fred and Maude (Harding) Friess. She was 15 years old when she moved with her family to Park County in March of 1918 to settle at Powell.

On Sept. 20, 1919, she married Oscar Singer in Powell. They lived on the family farm west of Powell from the early 1930s until 1968 when her husband died. At that time, she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Bob and Patricia Barnes.

She resided in the Barnes home until 1991 when she moved to the Powell Nursing Home following a stroke.

She was very content living at the nursing home, and the family would like to commend the staff for its loving care of Verna.

She was an active member of the O'Donnell Extension Club, a one-time member of the Drill Team for the Cody Elks Lodge, a member of the Jolly Timers Bridge Club and was a true homemaker, wife and mother.

Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Olson and husband Harold of Tigard, Ore., and Nita Knowlton and husband Roy of Elk Grove, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar G. Singer; a daughter, Patricia Barnes; one brother, one sister and a great-grandson.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Powell Nursing Home.