Verna Louise Stodghill


Verna Louise Stodghill of Granbury, 86, passed away at a Granbury nursing facility on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

Funeral was at 11 a.m. Sunday at Laurel Land Chapel of Chimes. Interment to follow in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends for Animals, 2885 Fall Creek Highway, Granbury, Texas 76049; or Happy Hill Farm Academy, 3846 N. Highway 144, Granbury, Texas 76048.

Verna Louise Stodghill was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Heavner, Okla. She moved to Hot Springs, Ark., when she was a youngster. She grew up in Hot Springs, graduated from Hot Springs High School and received her registered nursing degree from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, also in Hot Springs.

In 1950, after completing postgraduate work in surgery at City Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., she accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force as a surgical nurse. She attended U.S. Air Force officer orientation at Gunter AFB, Ala., then was assigned to the base hospital at Keesler AFB, Miss.

In 1951, she met her husband who was attending officer’s radar school at Keesler AFB and they were married in December 1951. She was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in April 1952, and joined her husband in Albuquerque, N.M., where they lived until he was transferred to Walker AFB, N.M.

In 1953, after her husband fulfilled his U.S. Air Force active duty, they moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where her husband worked for an electronics company. That job took them on several extended assignments including Kansas City, Mo., and Spokane, Wash. In 1957, she and her family moved to Fort Worth which would be their home for the next 30 years.

After her children reached high school/college age, she volunteered as a part-time nurse at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. Then she joined All Saints staff as floor supervisor. Later she was promoted to nursing supervisor for the complete 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. hospital shift. She retained this position until she retired in 1991.

In 1988 she and her husband moved into their new retirement home on Lake Granbury in deCordova Bend Estates.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Granbury Villa Nursing Facility for their love, care and devotion to Verna Louise during her extended stay.

Survivors: Husband, R.D. Stodghill of deCordova; sons, Bob Stodghill and wife, Lori, of Lake Whitney, Vernon Scott Stodghill and wife, Sheri, of Austin; granddaughter, Larissa Maley and husband Bill of Clifton, N.J.