Verna Gertrude Towne

Verna Gertrude Towne died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Durango. She was 91.

Mrs. Towne was born to Vern and Gertrude Robbins on Oct. 8, 1920, in Mancos. She was one of 13 children.

She was a member of the Mancos First Baptist Church for many years, where she ran “Teen Breakfast,” serving homemade breakfasts to Mancos young people before school for 13 years.

During World War II, Mrs. Towne was one of the “Rosie the Riveters” who worked on aircraft, and later, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and Lions Club in Mancos.

Mrs. Towne enjoyed extended time in her flower garden, watching birds come to her bird feeder. Gardening was near and dear to her heart.

Mrs. Towne was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur E. Towne, in 1989.

She is survived by her son, Gary Towne, of Mancos; daughter, Sandra Hedges, of Durango; sisters Vergie Edwards of Cortez and Eileen Moore of Rio Rancho, N.M.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Mancos First Baptist Church, 150 N. Walnut St. A funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, also at Mancos First Baptist. Chaplain Rick Gregory will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund with the Lions Club in Mancos.

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