Verda White Deos Hart, a life-long resident of the Hood River Valley, passed away Feb. 19, 2010, at Edgewood Memory Care in Beaverton, Ore., with family by her side.
Verda was born May 20, 1921, in Hood River, Ore., to William Edward and May Elma White Petri, where she was raised and attended school. She graduated from Odell High School in 1940.
On Nov. 16, 1940, she married Alva William Deos and to this union were blessed three children, Penelope, William and Elizabeth. The family enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. Verda and Al also enjoyed square dancing. Alva passed away on Aug. 11, 1984.
Verda worked for Diamond Fruit Growers.
On Dec. 25, 1986, she married Merrill A. Hart. Together they traveled the United States and Mexico in their RV and also enjoyed square dancing. Merrill passed away July 18, 2004.
Verda was involved in 4-H as a leader; she enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting. She had a special fondness for children and spent many volunteer hours helping grade school children in Odell learn to read. She was a member of the Hazel Rebekah Lodge 156 in Odell and the Wy’east Whirlers square dance club.
Verda is survived and will be dearly missed by her children, William Deos and his wife, Shirley, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Elizabeth McKenzie and her husband, Roger, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four grandchildren: Heather Renk, Royce Renk, Dawn Perrine and Kelly Deos; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Glenda Salsbury, and a brother, Edward Petri.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Verda was preceded in death by her daughter Penelope Sue Renk, in 1995; sisters Mae Chorney and Loragene Williams; and brothers Norman, Herbert, Gordon and Kenneth.
Memorials are suggested to the SMART reading program, where she volunteered as a reader to many Odell children, and sent care of Anderson’s.
A service to honor Verda is planned for 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031, with a reception to follow. Graveside rites with mausoleum entombment will follow at Idlewilde Cemetery. Rev. Royal Ewing will officiate.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for Verda’s family.
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