Verna Mae Martz was born September 3, 1943, in rural Bennington, Oklahoma to Vernon Jesse and Willia Mae (Thompson) Baber. She passed from this life on August 18, 2021, in Denison, Texas at the age of 77 years 11 months and 15 days.
Verna's early childhood was spent on a farm in Bennington, Oklahoma. She attended Pebsworth School and graduated from Bennington High School in 1961. Verna went on to attend Southeastern University of Oklahoma in Durant, Oklahoma for 2 years. She then moved to Dallas to work in a secretarial position.
While working in Dallas she met Kenneth Palmer Martz, whom she married December 5, 1964, in Cando, North Dakota. She stayed home to raise their three children until they were school age. After which, Verna went to work as the Towner County Auditor in Cando, North Dakota for 31 years before retiring and moved to Oklahoma in 2006.
Her hobbies included cooking, vegetable, and flower gardening, reading, crafts, sewing, quilting, she also enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles. She also loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Verna is survived by two sons, Brian (Lisa) Martz of Onalaska, Wisconsin, and Mark (Maggie) Martz of Cuba City, Wisconsin; one daughter Karla Martz of Farmer’s Branch, Texas. Five grandchildren: Kyle Jones, Osan Air Base Korea, Katelyn Jones, Farmer’s Branch, Texas, Breton Clark Martz, West Des Moines, Iowa, Bethany and Daniel Martz, Onalaska, Wisconsin. One sister, Glenna Foreman of Boswell, Oklahoma; two brothers, Jesse Oneil (Lillis) Baber, of Durant, Oklahoma, and Walter Ottis (Mary) Baber of Madill, Oklahoma.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Jesse and Willia Mae (Thompson) Baber, her brother Forrest Dwain Baber, and her loving husband Kenneth Palmer Martz.
Memorial Service will be held at 2 P.M., August 21, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Bennington, Oklahoma, 215 South Collins Street.
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