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Verna Jeanette Mayo, 99, passed from this life on February 14, 2014 at her residence. She was born to the late Charles Otis and Levida Ann (Johns) Desper, April 27, 1914 in Floris, Oklahoma. Verna graduated Forgan High School in 1932, attended three years of college in Alva, Oklahoma and completed her teaching degree in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Verna taught at New Hope School, a one room schoolhouse near Floris, Oklahoma for three years in 1939-1942, two years at the Greenough School in 1942-1944 and three years at the Forgan Grade School from 1944-1947. At the end of World War II, Doyle Blynn Mayo returned home after being malnourished in a German POW Camp. Verna gave Doyle extra portions of food at the Soda Shoppe, where she worked part-time. Doyle courted Verna until he convinced her to marry him. Verna and Doyle eloped and were married on May 23, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas and would later raise their baby boomer family in Forgan, Oklahoma. Verna attended Roanridge Church of Christ in Kansas City, Missouri. She loved to work crossword puzzles and play a variety of cards, dominoes and board games with family and friends. Verna is survived by her three children and their spouses; Margy and Mike McReynolds of Eagle Rock, Missouri, Jimmy and Patt Mayo of Ratliff City, Oklahoma and Jerry and Stacey Mayo of Albuquerque, New Mexico; six grandchildren, Marsha Johnson (Doug), Malayna Struckman (Larry), Mandy Shackelford (Richard), Matthew McReynolds (Trina), John Mayo (Autumn), Jordan Wittig (Michael); fourteen great-grandchildren, Lauren Johnson, Kaelyn Johnson, Corinne Shackelford, McClane Johnson, Spencer Struckman, Aubrey Shackelford, Colton Struckman, Cort Johnson, Madeline McReynolds, Kinsley Shackelford, Presley Struckman, MacKenzie McReynolds, Luke Mayo and Kyle Mayo.
The family requests memorials be made to: Tipton Home P.O. Box 370 Tipton, Ok 73570-037
Westview Boys' Home P.O. Box 553 Hollis, Ok 73550-0553
New Mexico Christian Children's Home 1356 New Mexico 236, Portales, New Mexico 88130-9411
High Plains Children's Home 11461 S. Western, Amarillo, Texas 79118-4119
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