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 Verna Vernell <I>Hall</I> Coates

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Verna Vernell Hall Coates

  • Birth 4 Nov 1889 Independence, Tate County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 18 Nov 1986 Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Sec 3; 117; #3
  • Memorial ID 46157305

Verna was born in Independence, MS. The family moved to Shelby County, TN about 1904 and her parents built a home in 1910.

She was valedictorian of her high school class graduating in 1907. She began teaching at Peabody Elementary School in 1912 and retired in 1959.

Her summertime hobbies included growing vegetables and playing bridge. She was an ardent baseball fan and wrote statistics on every game she watched.

Verna lived in the Memphis home with several generations of family. First, with her parents, sister, and brother. Then her husband and daughter joined the family. In her later years, Mrs. Coates shared the home with her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.

She was nicknamed "Bernie" because when her first grandchild heard her being called Verna he tried to say that but it came out Bernie.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed watching TV and working crossword puzzles. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Memphis.

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  • Originally Created by: AnnMarie
  • Added: 30 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46157305
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Verna Vernell Hall Coates (4 Nov 1889–18 Nov 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46157305, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by LVRV (contributor 47613036) .