Verda R. (nee Finney) Longley

April 29, 1922 ~ December 4, 2021 (age 99)

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Verda Rebecca Longley passed away peacefully Saturday, December 4, 2021, with her children at her side.  She was born April 29, 1922, on a farm near Purdin, Missouri.  On July 19, 1942, she married John Longley and became an Army wife for 12 years.

Verda loved to share stories about her family and life growing up on the farm in Missouri, even the struggles that helped shape her life and made her the practical woman that she was.  Seeing the sparkle in her eyes as she shared stories of life with her dignified husband, John “Jack”, reminiscing about their marriage in Reno, travels and trials while Jack was in the Army Air Corps/Air Force during World War II and the Korean War.

Verda will always be remembered for being welcoming, humorous, and giving.  Although her home was not large and her funds were limited, she was happy to fill it with friends, family, and extra guests for dinners, celebrations, and holiday—making her home feel like it could expand exponentially to hold more love, laughter, and hunger.  She will be fondly remembered for generations by those that will make frosted grahams.

As a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, she left an indelible educational mark on every one of her children.  We truly believe many of her heirs have a love of reading, singing, and learning because of the time she spent with them playing school.

Verda will be deeply missed by her children, Carol (Chuck) Walsh and John (Diana) Longley Jr. of McHenry; her grandchildren, Chris Walsh, Katie Helmer, and Dr. Tom Longley; many great and great-great grandchildren; and goddaughter, Nancy McCoy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Julia Finney; husband, John; brother, Leo; sisters, Marvene and Maxine; and grandson, Charles (Dave) Walsh.

Verda especially loved her last years with her friends at McHenry Villa.

There will be a memorial gathering at a later date.

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