Verna Jean (Burns) Soden, 87, died Friday, August 1, 2014, at San Antonio Community Hospital. She was born in Colorado, October 25, 1926. She moved to Pomona as a young girl. She graduated from Pomona High School in 1944 and briefly attended UC Berkley. She married her high school sweetheart, Merv Soden, on June 29, 1947. They were married for 58 years before Merv passed away in 2005. They eventually moved to Upland where they were longtime residents. Merv and Verna had 2 children, Diane Esparcia and Dave Soden (wife Kathy) both of Upland. They were very proud of their 5 grandchildren, Mike Rinehart, (wife, Alyce) of Rancho Cucamonga, Matt Rinehart (wife, Patty), of Upland, Marla (Rinehart) Kahn (husband, Aly Khan), of Rancho Cucamonga, Ryan Soden (wife, Katy) of Woodland, California and Brooke (Soden) Valderrama (husband, Andy Valderrama) of Laguna Niguel. She also had 10 great grandchildren. 7 great-grandsons, Logan and Noah Rinehart, Jake, Luke and Ryan Kahn, Jackson Soden and Caleb Valderrama and 3 great-granddaughters, Breahna Rinehart, Reese Kahn and Morgann Soden.
Verna worked for several years at Security National Bank, but really enjoyed the years she spent working at Casa Colina. She also spent some time as a teacher's aide at Valencia Elementary School in Upland, and many hours volunteering at Sierra Vista Elementary School where all of her grandchildren attended. Merv and Verna were active members for many years in the Mt Baldy Boat Club. They loved camping and traveling in their motorhome through the United States with friends, family or just by themselves. Verna was most passionate about her family. She was a true caregiver for anyone who needed her. She loved taking care of people whether they were friends, her children, grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren. Without a doubt, Verna's family was what she was most proud and she loved each and every one of them with all her heart. Verna will be missed by all.
There will be no formal service. A private graveside service is planned for Friday at 2 PM at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario, California
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Aug. 7, 2014