Verna Ilene Taylor, 87, of North Platte passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Great Plains Health. Verna was born on Nov. 22, 1929 in Greeley, Colo., the fourth child of William John and Zelma G. (Plunkett) Hopping.
She was raised in Grainton until second grade when her folks moved to North Platte where she attended Hall School; then they moved to Bignell, and then to Maxwell where she graduated in 1948.
She met her husband William at a dance at the Jeffers Pavilion in North Platte. They wed on Jan. 7, 1950.
Bill joined the Air Force and she followed him to many places including Illinois, California, and Spain.
They loved square dancing. Verna volunteered in the Blue Bank Community, assisting bereaved family members. She loved all children, and was a foster grandmother for seven years, working with children in daycare and schools.
She was also a member of RSVP. She worked at the Pawnee Hotel, Maxwell Village Clerk, Conley Detlefsen Restaurant, Gleason Truck Co. as a bookkeeper, and managed the Sands Motel. She kept the books at Twin Rivers Diesel and Duane Oelke Carburetors until 2010 when she had a stroke.
Verna''s hobbies included crocheting, and playing games; she especially loved Pinochle.
Verna is survived by her sons, Michael A. and William Thomas (Deb Docter), both of California; daughter, Judy L. Taylor of North Platte; grandsons, Matthew A. Taylor, Ian Taylor, Mark Taylor, and Andrew Taylor; granddaughter, Amanda Hoven; four great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Doris Hopping, Barb Hopping, and Mick Hopping; uncle, Blaine Plunkett; special daughter, Laurie Alger; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; son, Danny Joe; siblings, Allen, James, Wayne, Ed, Clifford, Beulah Phifer and Helen Pinkston; and special son, Dan Boone.
Cremation was chosen and memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Brett Terry officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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