Verna Ellen Overs Owen, a true cancer warrior, passed away Tuesday evening, July 29, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.
Verna was a 1965 graduate of Indian Lake High School and a beloved member of the Indian Lake Community. She was known by many as the friendly cashier at Tinsley’s IGA where she worked for 32 years. Verna was also an avid reader, volunteer at the Indian Lake Food Pantry, and zealous member of the Indian Lake Red Hat Society.
Verna was born in 1946 in West Mansfield, OH to the late parents Emmit L. and Minnie I. Hartman Coyer. Having nine older siblings, Verna was fondly called the “Baby of 10”. Verna is preceded in death by Emmit Junior Coyer, Doris M. Krichbaum, Carl E. Coyer, and Carrie Ann Bradford. Verna is survived by Jim Coyer of Lakeview, OH, Kathy (Dick) Carpenter of West Mansfield, Judy Knotts of Huntsville, Mary Lou (Dick) Camper of Lakeview, and Floella “Toad” Krabill of Bellefontaine, OH. The Coyer sisters have always spent their Tuesday afternoons together and although Verna is no longer on Earth with us, she is now happily spending her Tuesdays in Heaven with her sisters who have passed on.
In true style, Verna married Benjamin A. Owen in Reno, NV, in 1990 and he showered her with chocolate and diamonds for the rest of their life together. Verna’s other favorite man was her son, Jeffrey Todd (Beth) Overs of DeGraff, OH. She was also blessed with four stepchildren, Vicki Perkins of Springfield, OH, Kathi Salyers and Lori (Tim) McGrath, both of Dayton, and Michael Owen, who is deceased. As much as Verna loved chocolate and diamonds, she loved her grandchildren even more! Anyone who checked out in her lane at Tinsley’s could attest to that! Her grandchildren include Rachael Overs, Emily Overs, Stacy Lanning, Mandy Burns, Michael Perkins, Carly Perkins, Carrie Chapman, Sarah Hyder, Scott Hyder, Leah Salyers, Michelle McGrath, and Rebecca Glass, as well as thirteen great-grandchildren.
Verna’s family would like to thank the staff of Universal Home Health and Hospice Care for their dedicated care and support.
Rob Kilgore will begin memorial services at noon, Friday, August 1, 2014 at Shoffstall Funeral Home Main Chapel, 205 South Main St., Lakeview with visitation one hour prior to services. Inurnment is in Huntsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Verna’s name to the United Christian Services of Indian Lake Food Pantry, PO Box 56, Russells Point, OH 43348.
Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at www.shoffstallfuneralhome.com.