Verna Faye Harryman Wright passed from this earth November 10, 2020 after living a full and loving life for 86 years, 62 days. She was born September 2, 1934 in the family home northeast of Keyes, OK to William Irving and Lorena Brown Harryman. She was the 6 th of 7 children in a family that lived a humble but happy life during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.
Growing up, Verna Faye played with her older siblings along with the chickens, horses, and dogs that were part of life on a family farm. She did chores like gathering eggs and milking cows, although her brother Paul maintains not nearly as many he had to. She and her family faithfully attended the Methodist church in Keyes. She attended Keyes schools and played basketball. Irv and Lorena took her into town every Saturday so she could go the movies with her friends while they waited patiently visiting with folks at the drugstore.
Verna Faye graduated Keyes High School in 1952 and went on to attend Panhandle A&M College. While there, she met Jimmie Lee Wright of Boise City at a dance and they began dating. They were married July 4, 1954 in Keyes. Two months after their marriage Jim was drafted into the army and they were stationed at Annapolis, MD and Ft. Knox, KY over the next 3 years. While at Ft. Knox, their first child, daughter Lee, was born. After Jim’s discharge they moved back to Boise City where she resided for the next 64 years. They had another child after returning to Boise City, a son named Jay.
After both her children were in school, Verna Faye returned to college earning a teaching degree from Panhandle A&M in 1968. That fall she began a career at Boise City Schools that spanned 30 years. She taught social studies, reading, and math to elementary students and touched many lives. She also made lifelong friendships with her coworkers that endure to this day.
Jim passed away suddenly in 1986. Verna Faye made it through that difficult time with the help of her friends and church family. She then started dating Curtis Mason of Guymon. They remained close friends; square dancing, traveling, and supporting each other in life through good times and bad until her death.
Verna Faye was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Methodist church for over 60 years. She had many friends throughout Cimarron County that she relied on for their support and fellowship. She had faith that God would keep her on His chosen path.
In 2019, Verna Faye started a new chapter in her life, moving into independent living in Oklahoma City near her children. She enjoyed making new friends and fulfilled her lifelong goal of being Verna, not Verna Faye. As her health failed, she kept faith and left this earth peacefully.
Verna is pre-deceased by her husband Jim, her mother and father, her brother Arthur Harryman and sisters Margie Williams, Geneva Williams, Lois Golay, and Norma Harryman.
She is survived by her brother Paul Harryman; daughter Lee and husband Jon Nobles of Norman, OK, son Jay and wife Marylee of Oklahoma City; special friend Curtis Mason of Guymon and his family; grandchildren Monica and AK Roberts and C.J. and Desira Nobles; and great-grandchildren Austin, Abby, Emma, Kade, and William.She also leaves behind a host of friends.
Viewing will be on Friday, November 13th, 2020 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Henson-Novak Funeral Home in Boise City, Oklahoma.
Family requests that all visitors follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Boise City Cemetery for family and close friends.
Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, post Covid-19.
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