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IN MEMORIAM: 'Vernie' Beaston

She wasn’t “The Greatest” boxer.

Not even a rock star!

But my happy Momma

Was a blessing to us all!

She sang hymns of praise to show her love!

She smiled and laughed and prayed.

Mom was on this earth to serve the Lord,

And she did it every day!

Though the past few years took a toll on her,

She continued to bring us joy.

My Mom is in heaven now.

It’s time for the Lord to enjoy!

LaVerna Mae “Vernie” (Knight) Beaston, 87, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born June 20, 1928, to Leon L. and Martha (Grunewald) Knight in McPherson.

She moved to Marion at the age of 1 and attended Marion High School and Emporia State University.

She married Jack Beaston on Oct. 1, 1950, in Marion. Jack preceeded her in death Dec. 17, 2008.

Vernie worked at Marion National Bank and Hannaford Abstract before purchasing Beaston Market with her husband. She helped with every aspect of the business and enjoyed her many faithful customers through the years. They were featured on Hatteberg’s People in 1991.

Vernie was a faithful member of Valley United Methodist Church. She loved playing bridge, singing, and above all her family.

In 2013, she moved to Manhattan to be closer to her daughter and family. There she had an extended family at Via Christi Village, where she brought joy to everyone she met. She was known to everyone for her singing, compliments, and expressions of love.

She will be missed by many, including her daughter, Marty Heigert (and husband Chuck) of Alma, Kansas; son, Brook Beaston of Jackson, Tennessee; grandchildren, Meggan Messersmith (and husband Jordon) of Lexington, Nebraska; Abby Heigert of Alma, Kansas; and Sami Leisinger (and husband and Ethan) of Chattanooga, Tennessee; sister, Jean Pierce of Marion, Kansas; niece, Jill and Ron Miller of Grapevine, Texas; and nephew, Mark Kline of Ukiah, California.

Services were 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Valley United Methodist Church, Marion.

Memorials may be made to Valley United Methodist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, in care of Zeiner Funeral Home.

Last modified June 16, 2016

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