Verna Ruth (Day) McKay (1918 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE– Verna Ruth McKay, 94, of Independence, died Tuesday morning, July 16, at the ABCM Rehab Center's East Campus in Independence.
Verna was born on Sept. 11, 1918, in Mason City, the daughter of Earl F. and Mary (Johnson) Day. She moved with her family to Independence, and received her education in the Independence Community Schools. On Dec. 28, 1935, she was married to Chester W. McKay in Chicago, Ill. The family lived in the Ryan and Winthrop areas prior to moving into Independence.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, swimming, roller-skating, movies, music, dancing, and going for a walk.
She is survived by three children: Beverly (Don) Kerns, Claremont, Okla., Carol (John) McDougle, Randall, Minn., and Mark (Laurie) McKay, Independence; twelve grandchildren; twenty three great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Chester McKay; a son John McKay; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four sisters: Evelyn Kirsch, Mildred Rager, Virginia Hickox, and Delpha Day; and a brother, Richard Day.
Graveside memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 19, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. The Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 22 to Aug. 10, 2013