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Verneta "Vern" Alice O'Brien, age 85, of Lamar, passed away Sunday evening, July 28, 2013, at her home.

Vern was born October 28, 1927 at La Crosse, WI to Antone and Edna Johnson.  On April 10, 1954 she married William "Bill" Robert O'Brien Sr. at Hiawatha, KS.  She was a member of Bethel Foursquare Church in St. Joseph, MO.  She had worked at Mead-Western Tablet in St. Joseph, MO and was a homemaker.  Vern loved to collect Owls and was a member of the Lamar Eagles Auxiliary.

Vern is survived by her husband Bill of the home; two sons, Bill Jr. and wife Karen of Lamar and Charles Mattox of Lamar; two sisters, Darlene & Butch Gaeode of Omaha, NE, and Dora Mae of Omaha, NE; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and three daughters Vernelle Kay McPheater, Linda Gayle Bundy, and Jeannine Lois Workman; and one brother Donnie Johnson.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Daniel Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Daniel Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.


#11 St. Joseph, MissouriCarl and Rita Chatfield 2013-08-01 17:42
Bill, We were so sorry to learn of Vern's passing. Our thoughts are with you and we hope you are O.K. Vern was full of laughter and fun. She and Rita really had a lot of good times at our class reunions. We still have the memories. You have our sympathy at your loss.

Carl and Rita
#10 Lamar MoJudy Crockett 2013-07-31 20:07
I was so very sorry to read of Vern's passing away. I've always admired her and loved to see her and Bill come in for dinner and a drink at Tractors. One of my young servers had commented on how much she hoped she would still be as happily married and crazy about each other as Bill and Vern were. I know you will all miss her. My prayers are with you all!
#9 Buster and Shannon Crutcher 2013-07-31 14:40
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are lifting you all in prayer.
#8 Arlington, VAMary Beth O\Brien 2013-07-31 11:13
Aunt Verneta was such a lively and gracious person, it is a shock to think of her gone. I'm sorry that I can not attend her services but will be thinking of all of you. Again, I am sorry about this event, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Beth
#7 St. Joseph, Mo.Ed and Joeann Swardson 2013-07-31 07:34
Bill, We were sorry to read of your
wife's passing in the morning paper.

God be with you and your family. So little one can say at a time like this.
Love to you and the family.
Ed and Joeann
#6 Lamar, Mo.Richard Walker 2013-07-30 20:40
To the O'Brien family,
I am saddened to hear of Vernetas passing and I am praying for much comfort in your time of sorrow. I know hearts are heavy now, but know Gods healing glow is always within your heart. As well I too, enjoyed the times of visiting with Vern through the years. She will be missed.
#5 Webb City, MO.Bob Long 2013-07-30 05:43
Bill O'Brien and Family

Carol and I, offer our sympathy in the lost of your wife and mother, Vern...

Bill, you are in our thought and prayers...

Bob & Carol
#4 Springfield, Mo.Carolyn Lakey 2013-07-29 19:05
I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Verneta's passing. She as an amazing woman and will be sorely missed.
Sending prayers and hugs to Uncle Bill and his family!

Carolyn Lakey
#3 Bill @ Shirley Gaither 2013-07-29 15:52
Vern will be missed by all her family and friends. I enjoyed the time I spent with her over the past years. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
#2 Lamar, MOHelen Cole 2013-07-29 13:03
Keefer and I are very sorry to learn of Verne's passing. She was such a gracious person and joy to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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