Verna M. Blatchford (1922 - 2011)

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  • "Dear Family, I only learned of Verna's passing..."
    - Linda Bell
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INDEPENDENCE - Verna M. Blatchford, 89, of Waterloo, formerly of rural Independence, died on Friday, July 22, at Friendship Village in Waterloo.
She was born on July 20, 1922, in Homer Township of Buchanan County, the daughter of James Edward and Margaret Boyle (Kidd) Murphy.
She graduated from high school in Brandon, with the Class of 1940, and later completed her B.A. degree at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. On Feb. 22, 1946, she and Lawrence "Jake" Samuel Blatchford were married in Independence. He preceded her in death in 1982.
Mrs. Blatchford was a teacher in the Buchanan County country schools and also in the Lamont, Rowley, and Independence, school systems. She retired in 1988. Mrs. Blatchford was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence and the Kings Daughters. Helping and working with children were always important to her and she was involved in the mentoring program.
Mrs. Blatchford dedicated her life to teaching and learning. Upon retirement she was able to spend time volunteering, reading and doing needlework.
Her family wishes to express a special appreciation to the staff of Friendship Village for their love and care over the past six years.
Mrs. Blatchford is survived by her daughter, Velda (Ronald) Phillips of Waterloo, three grandchildren, Brad (Lynn) Phillips, Nathan (Sarah) Phillips, and Elizabeth Phillips, all of Gilbertville, seven great grandchildren, Kade, Jake, Jeffery, Isabelle, Max, Grace, and Isaiah, and one sister, Icil Jensen of Winthrop.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Maurice Blatchford, two sisters, Donna Bonorden and Ruth Bird, and two brothers, Ray Murphy and Bernard "Bud" Murphy.
Funeral services were Monday, July 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 23 to Aug. 23, 2011