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 Verla Mae <I>Smith</I> Hankey

Verla Mae Smith Hankey

Birth
Anthony, Harper County, Kansas, USA
Death 10 Mar 2011 (aged 75)
Kiowa, Barber County, Kansas, USA
Burial Amorita, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 101241397 · View Source
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Funeral service for Verla Mae Hankey, of Amorita, will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2011, at Riverside Church of Christ, Burlington, Okla. Ray Hull of Waynoka and Jeffrey Keele of Burlington will officiate. Burial will be in Byron-Amorita Cemetery under the direction of the Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Cherokee. Viewing will be 2-6 p.m. today.

Verla was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Anthony, Kan., to Verne Ray and Deveta Mae Ford-Smith and departed this life to be with her Lord Thursday, March 10, 2011. She fought long and hard to overcome her illness and last September decided to reside at Kiowa District Manor in Kiowa, Kan.

Verla's childhood was spent on the farm between Byron and Amorita. She attended school at Amorita, graduating in 1954.

On Nov. 14, 1953, she married Darrell Hankey at her parents' home northwest of Amorita.

Darrell had been drafted into the service and two weeks after their marriage, on her birthday, he left for the Army.

After her graduation, she joined Darrell in Fairbanks, Alaska, where they spent their first year of marriage.

In August 1955, when Rick was six weeks old, they returned from Alaska to the Amorita area to help with her dad's farming operation. In 1957, shortly after Darrell was dismissed from the Army, Dale was born in Cherokee.

Verla was passionate about telling others the good news of Jesus, whether through teaching children's classes, personal Bible study or missionary work. She was a member of Amorita Church of Christ and Burlington Church of Christ, where she spent her life teaching and creating children's Bible class material and real-life, child-size visuals, which kept the attention of every child she taught. She was known to have taught continually for 15 or so years at a time without missing a Sunday or midweek teaching opportunity.

Verla enjoyed the outdoors and spent her life farming beside her husband, taking meals to the field and helping plow the fields. She also enjoyed drawing and painting and was an accomplished artist. She taught art classes in Cherokee and Amorita for many years. Verla enjoyed traveling and felt fortunate to have visited three continents and six countries, including the Holy Lands, which was a lifetime dream of hers.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell of the home; her children, Rick and wife Beverly of Amorita and Dale and wife Patty of Burlington; grandchildren,Trevor, Lindsey and Seth Hankey; brother, Ray Smith and wife Imogene of Byron; and a host of many other family and friends.

Verla was preceded in death by her parents.


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  • Created by: Bob Lawrence
  • Added: 24 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101241397
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Verla Mae Smith Hankey (1 Dec 1935–10 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101241397, citing Byron-Amorita Cemetery, Amorita, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Bob Lawrence (contributor 46882733) .