Our beloved mother Verna died in her home on November 12, 2020. Verna Rose was born December 22, 1940 in Denver Colorado. She grew up in the Denver Metro area with her three siblings, Rene’, Marilynn and Cheri. The family grew to include step siblings Cindy, Ginny and Mark and their extended families. She graduated from Sheridan High School and married David C. Kurz and they had two devoted daughters, Shannan and Deanna.
Verna, Mom, persevered through many challenges in her life with grace, pride, humor and dignity. She maintained long friendships from her high school years, her bowling buddies, the social club (Fagowee’s), her neighbors, to the many work clients who became dear friends.
Mom always wanted the best for everyone. She worked tirelessly on every project to make it “just right”. From her years of ceramics and macramé, to scrapbooking and cards, to volunteering at auctions, organizing trips or helping prepare for her class reunions, she always wanted the best, the most fun and the most elaborate. With those grand ideas came her sheer delight and exuberance when everything came together and she could share the joy she was feeling with her family and friends. We benefited from her child-like joy during holidays, on vacation or simply at the zoo. It was infectious and heartwarming.
Mom loved to be active. Dancing was her greatest pleasure. She taught her sisters and her daughters to dance. She probably taught many others to dance as well. Shannan and Deanna grew up with Sunday dance class. After the house was clean, the music came on. Jitterbug, West Coast swing, Texas two-step, Waltz, Salsa, you name it, she could dance to it. Verna loved the outdoors. She hiked, skied and played tennis. She played on softball and volleyball teams. When she couldn’t be as active as she wanted, she could be found watching the Broncos or the Rockies. She loved her ball games.
Mom’s years of working her butt off to support her girls and her many years of sports and activities took its toll. Her arthritis caught up with her. Mom’s lack of mobility was extremely difficult for her. But through it all, she still shared her delight and the twinkle in her eye when plans came together, when her friends or family came to visit or her Broncos or Rockies would win.
A good friend of Mom’s used the term “perpetually alive”. We love this term. It is our Mom.
To be perpetually alive. To always be there. The omnipresence of love.
If she graced your life, please consider a gift to the https://narcolepsynetwork.org/ to support others whose lives are impacted by Narcolepsy. Due to Covid 19, a celebration of her life will be planned at a future date and we would love for all those who knew her to help us celebrate the gift of Mom.
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