Verna D Conner

Born: Thu., Mar. 5, 1959
Died: Fri., Jun. 19, 2020


9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 22, 2020
Location: Burns Mortuary

Graveside Inurnment Service

10:30 AM Tue., Jun. 23, 2020
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Pendleton March 5, 1959 — June 19, 2020 Born in Salem, Oregon, Verna Dee was named after her doctor, Dr. Vernon D. Casterline. Verna graduated from Madras High in 1977, excelled at tennis and went to districts in girl’s doubles. She annually made the Pendleton Round-Up, camping in the Indian Village with her family. In 1978 she placed first in the American Indian Beauty Contest. A consistent participant in the Happy Canyon Show as the “Indian Bride,” she was married many times and was the last to enter on the canoe. As a young Indian girl, she also played an extra on an episode of the late 1970s TV series “How the West Was Won” with James Arness. A student of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, from 1979-1981, she studied early childhood education, most proud of an A+ she earned on a research paper where her case study was her nephew. Verna earned the nickname “Momma Duck” from her late brother James, who keenly observed her early on, constantly with little nieces and nephews following around like “little ducklings.” She was a passionate University of Oregon Ducks sports fan where her late father Cecil graduated, and other family members since. Hence, the name “Duck” endured. Throughout her life she loved golf, playing in many tournaments throughout the region. She was also the pro shop assistant at Kah-nee-ta Resort Golf Course and also the Nine Peaks Golf Course in Madras, Oregon. She had an infectious smile, unforgettable laugh, and love for life and family. Her kind disposition and support of her nieces and nephews ambitions will cause us all to dearly miss Duck. Survived by: her sisters Cheryl J. Conner, Jody Bear, Elaine Miller, Kit Gonsalez, Carla Greene, Carol Conner and Kris Conner, along with brothers Matthew Conner and Thomas Conner, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to list. Preceding her in death: nieces Elena Gonsalez, nephew Elijah Suppah; brothers John Macy Conner and James C. Conner; parents Gilbert Cecil Conner and Virginia Wilkinson-Conner; aunts Janie Pond, Rosaline Harris, Antoinette Williams, Leah Conner, Etta Conner, Pauline Stanger and Lenores Meanus; uncles Duane Conner, Norman Conner, and Earl “Taz” Conner; paternal grandparents Elsie and Gilbert Edward Conner; and maternal grandparents Cyrus Wilkinson and Margaret White.

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Howard Arnett
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Howie (Dondre) Arnett.

To Verna's family. I was so sorry to hear the sad news yesterday of Verna's passing. We all had so many great times together! She was a wonderful lady. I will miss her very, very much. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you. Your friend, Howie (Dondre) Arnett.

Kordatzky and Spino Families
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
We are sorry to hear the passing of you beloved sister, she will be missed. Keep her close to your heart and treasure your memories of growing up together. Our prayers are with you and your family in this trying time.

Leanna Freeman Whitaker
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Conner family, I was very sad to hear that Verna passed away. I have many great high school memories of things we did together. My sincere sympathy to all of you. Sending thoughts and prayers out for your family.

Mollie Davis Kaufmann
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
I was sad to hear of Verna's passing. She was kind and gentle soul. I have fond memories of the time we spent together on and off the tennis court. My deepest sympathy to the Connor family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Ištáapakšpam - David Cole Filkins
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
You along with so many of the Conners had always treated me so well! As if I was a part of your family! My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire family right now! Atawisamas

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