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Verna Jeanette Mayo
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
Verna was a special-one of the people I had the privilege of delivering meals to when I was Manager at the Beaver Nutrition Center and could get nobody in Forgan so would do it myself rather than see the people there have no-service. I would take my lunch-hour to deliver them. It was neat to hear stories from Verna and see pictures or whatever she had new of her-family. It also was inspiring to hear of her-faith and assurance from her-Lord. May God bless each-of-you as you share memories-to-never-be forgotten and be blessed to know Mother was indeed a blessing you should be thankful for daily.
Read John 14:15 - 21
Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before- long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 - 20 New-International version
Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, "Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He would always be a part of them just- as they would forever be a part of Him.
So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my- life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart's teacher.
In the same-way I come to know God through the life and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
Because of God's great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.
Jackie R. Sheldon Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Please, know you are in my heart and prayers. Loved Verna so much. Spent a lot of time at their house in my childhood. They were a major influence in my life.
Chris Blair Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM