Tuesday, May 27, 2008

VERNELLE GAILEY ROWBURY - August 19, 1998

Vernelle Gailey Rowbury
Circa 1950s

Death Notice in Blackfoot, Idaho, newspaper - circa August 22, 1998
VERNELLE ROWBURY, 76
Vernelle G. Rowbury, 76, formerly of Pocatello, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at a Fort Worth, Texas, hospital.

She was born Sept. 25, 1924, in the Newberry Community, Parker Co., Texas, the daughter of J.D. "Doc" and Edna Puckett Gailey. She was reared and attended school in Mineral Wells and lived in Pocatello during the 1970s.

She married Leon F. Richards and he preceded her in death. Vernelle married Major Edwin C. Rowbury in North Carolina and he also preceded her in death in December of 1978.

She was a member of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and traveling.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Bob) Shubert of Ft. Worth, Texas, Peggy (C.C.) Duke of Ft. Worth, Texas, Angie (Gene) Pruett of Granbury, Texas; a twin sister, Maedelle (Floyd) Carlyle of Mineral Wells, Texas; sister, Irene (Raymond) Stone of Mineral Wells, Texas; grandchildren, David (Tammy) Shubert of Andalusia, Alabama, Mike (Shannon) Shubert of San Antonio, Texas, Gail (Troy) Blalock of Caldwell, NC, Jennifer (Kev) Abazajian of San Diego, California, Clayton Smith of El Cajon, California, Sommer McGlothlin of Granbury, Texas, Julie (Pat) Love of Marble Falls, Texas, John Pruett of Granbury, Texas; five great-grandchildren; nephews, Reggie Stone of Mineral Wells, Texas, Jimmy Carlyle of Lee's Summit, Missouri; niece, Linda Kay Cox of Possum Kingdom, Texas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Viola Rowbury, of Montgomery, Alabama, Virgil (Leah) Rowbury of Warden, Washington, Rex (Nina) Rowbury of Blackfoot, Pearl Rowbury Gardner of Idaho Falls, June Rowbury (Jack) Cornia of Blackfoot, Edna Rowbury Thompson (twin sister of Edwin Rowbury) of San Diego, California, Floyd (Pauline) Rowbury of Blackfoot; and several of her husband's nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by both of her husbands and an infant son, Jimmy Leon Richards.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Riverside Thomas Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Hill, Hawker & Sandberg Funeral Home that morning prior to the graveside services.

The family will meet at the home of Jack and June Cornia, 689 W. Hwy. 39, after the services.
--newspaper article provided by Judy Shubert

Vernelle's actual birth year was 1921. Since she didn't want everyone to know she was seven years older than Eddie, she preferred to "tell everyone" she was born in 1924, closing the gap just a little. Thus she had her headstone engraved with 1924 after Eddie's death. Guess this is further proof that we can't always believe everything we read on headstones! -- Judy Shubert

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