Verna Lucille (Durbin) Christensen

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Funeral services for Verna L. Christensen were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brayton Lutheran Church in Brayton. Interment was in the Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers were: Delbert Christensen, Steve Christensen, Ronald Nielsen, Robert Nielsen, and Lyle Drees. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
Verna Lucille Christensen, the daughter of James and Dagmar Andreasen Durbin, was born Dec. 28, 1917, at her parents' home in Audubon County near Viola, and died Sept. 1, 2013, at the Exira Care Center in Exira, at the age of 95 years, 8 months, and 3 days.
Verna was baptized at the Christian Church in Coon Rapids. She attended Viola Community Schools through the 10th grade. She moved to Omaha, Neb. where she was employed in the bacon department of the Wilson Packing Plant.
On Feb. 25, 1944, she was united in marriage to Alvin Karl Christensen at the Methodist Parsonage in Carroll. They moved to Lake Wails, Fla. and she was employed at the citrus plant where she graded grapefruit and oranges. Then they moved to Avon, Fla., which was closer to the airbase where Alvin was stationed. They lived there until Alvin was honorably discharged on Oct. 29, 1945. They returned to Hamlin, and operated his family farm southwest of Hamlin. Later in 1947, they purchased the farm. They grew grain and raised livestock. Verna helped Alvin farm until they retired and sold the farm in 1985. They moved into Exira and Verna cleaned houses for a short time. Alvin died on Nov. 7, 2001. Verna lived in her home until she moved to the Exira Care Center on July 16, 2012.
Verna was an active member of the Brayton Lutheran Church and the Women of the ELCA in Brayton. She enjoyed being involved in all the church activities and especially enjoyed quilting. Verna also enjoyed playing cards and was a member of several card clubs. She and Alvin also enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Circle A Square Dancing Group in Audubon.
Preceding her in death was her husband Alvin K. Christensen; her son-in-law Merrill Firebaugh; her brothers: William Durbin, Wayne Durbin, Lynn Durbin, Roy Durbin, Harold Durbin, Loren Durbin, and Lester Durbin; her sisters: Ina Mae Gile, Jean Lennegmann, Dorothy Taylor, June Kohl; her brothers-in-law Arnold Christensen, and Marion and wife Dagny Christensen.
Survivors include her brothers and sisters: Dale and wife Helen Durbin of Jefferson; Gary and wife Betty Durbin of Bayard; Jim Durbin of Yale; Elnora Olsen of Fairmont, Minn.; Martha and husband Merrill Cady of Sac City; Carolyn and husband Dick Lanning of Trenton, Mo.; and her special sister who she raised as a daughter Deanna Firebaugh of Pottsboro, Texas; her grandchildren: Terry and wife Debbie Firebaugh of Little Elm, Texas; Kim and husband Wes Kennedy of Nashville, Tennessee; Teresa Forsini of Dallas, Texas; her great-grandchildren: Connor and Jordan Firebaugh of Little Elm; Reagan and Samantha Forsini of Rockwell, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Kessler's Exira Funeral Home
234 W South St
Exira, IA 50076
(712) 268-2662
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, 2013