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Vesta Senger Obituary
Vesta Ilene Senger, 82, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, and friend passed away on November 18, 2012, surrounded by her husband and children. Vesta was born on June 30, 1930, in Denison, Iowa, to Edwin Leland and Doris Anna (Jenks) Murray, the sixth of seven children. Vesta was raised in Manilla, Iowa, her much-loved hometown. Throughout her life, Vesta recounted cherished memories of her childhood family and home. Upon graduating from high school, Vesta moved to Devils Lake, North Dakota, in 1948 where she caught the eye of local boy, Joseph Anthony Senger, during a softball tournament. She became his beaming bride on April 19, 1950, and they embarked upon what was to become 62 years of an adventurous, loving, full life together. A large part of their journey was realized through their children: Michael Anthony, Gayle Jo Carrasco, Jacquelyn Kay Theriot (Lawrence), Tomi Lynn Ryba (Jim), Kim Lorraine, Joel Timothy (Alexis), Jennifer Ilene Oliver (Stephen), and Elizabeth Ann. For 29 years as a devoted Army wife, Vesta relocated to numerous duty stations, gathering lifelong friendships along the way and raising eight children. Surviving a major earthquake in Anchorage and year-long separations from Joe during his tours in Vietnam and Iran, Vesta met the daily needs of a large family with inherent fortitude, humor, and grace. In a time when caring for a family and household was an art form, she was poetry in motion with remarkable culinary skills, sewing expertise, and fiduciary ingenuity. She transformed government housing at each installation into a stylish and dignified home. Juggling motherhood and work, Vesta distinguished herself through 18 years as a Retail Marketing Specialist in Civil Service. Vesta simply got things done - and done exceptionally well.
Vesta belied her age by remaining active in body, mind, and spirit until the very end. She and Joe chose El Paso for retirement due to its prime golfing weather, and they traveled extensively, usually with golf clubs in tow (Vesta had two holes-in-one!). She enjoyed weekly bridge games, lent her talent to the Sweet Adelines, and was an avid reader, instilling in her family an appreciation for literature. Ever thoughtful, she and Joe donated to and volunteered consistently at Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso.
One word often attributed to Vesta throughout her life was grace. As one who endured challenging times in her youth, Vesta empathized with and cared for those in need with an open heart. Generous with encouraging words, she exemplified selflessness and charity while often ignoring and rarely revealing her own needs. She was always among the first to volunteer at events hosted by many organizations and groups she joined during her lifetime. While engaged in these activities and at home as well, she shared a wonderful sense of humor, adding levity to all occasions. Vesta was taken from us too soon. She had more to do and more to give. However, what endures is the timeless love she and Joe shared for over half a century, a deep abiding love others could only hope to emulate. Her inspiring legacy continues to live on in her children and grandchildren. A Mass will be held in Vesta's honor on Saturday, December 1st, at 1:00 pm at St. Michael's Chapel on Fort Bliss (enter Cassidy gate, left on Sheridan, St. Michael's on right). Friends and family are invited and encouraged to speak following Mass. Reception will immediately follow at Underwood Golf Complex beginning between 2:30-3:00 pm. If you would like to send flowers, please have them delivered to Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe Ave, Bldg. 3193, El Paso, TX 79904-4800. If you prefer to make a charitable donation in Vesta's honor, please forward your gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso at 1724 Wyoming, El Paso, TX 79902.
Published in El Paso Times from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14, 2012
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