Verna Viola Voos Mohr, 96, of Phoenix, Arizona and former Russell, Kansas, resident went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 12, 2016, at the Christian Care Nursing Center in Phoenix.
Verna was born on May 12, 1920 in Bazine, Kansas, the daughter of Jacob L. and Elizabeth (Herman) Voos. She grew up and attended school in Russell and graduated with the class of 1939. Verna met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Joseph C. Mohr on January 02, 1943, in Russell, Kansas. From this union Verna and Joseph were blessed with 3 children; Sharron, Steve and Beth. Verna worked most of her life in Russell as a secretary. She worked for Simpson Elementary School, then the doctors' office of White, Pettijohn and Schulz all in Russell. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church also in Russell. Later, she moved from Russell and continued to work as a secretary in Liberal and Wichita, Kansas, before moving to Hobbs, New Mexico, to be closer to her oldest daughter. There she worked for Hobbs Electric before retiring.
In 1990, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to be closer to her son Steve and daughter Beth. This move gave her the opportunity to be more involved with the rest of the family, but her heart and memories always took her back to Russell. She enjoyed counted cross stitching and created many beautiful pieces. She was an active member of the Bethal Lutheran Church in Phoenix. She was also active in her assisted living housing community and while there, enjoyed playing bingo and visiting and sharing stories with her community friends. She was a passionate Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks fan. She never missed a game on television when it came to her favorite teams and she certainly would not talk on the phone during one of her games. In her younger days living in Russell, she was avid bowler and loved competing in the local bowling league Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
Surviving family include her 3 children; daughter Sharron K. Bond and husband Fred of Ft. Mill, South Carolina, son Steven D. Mohr of Phoenix, Arizona and daughter Beth Smith and husband David also of Phoenix, Arizona; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Elmer, Melvin and Jacob, Jr. Voos and sister Irene Tourney.
A celebration of Verna's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the mortuary, with family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday evening. Memorials may be given to the St. John Lutheran Church and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.