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Verna Eileen Davidson 1933 - 2020
Verna Eileen Davidson

LAWRENCE — Funeral services for Verna Eileen Davidson, 86, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She died Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.

Verna was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Arkansas City, Kan., the daughter of Ray Chappell and Treva Berdeen Holdredge Eagan. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1951.

She worked as a municipal court clerk and later for TG&Y. She took exceptional care of her family throughout her entire life. Verna enjoyed being around her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her spare time she would watch KU basketball, plant flowers, play cards with friends and cut coupons. She was very active in her church. Verna was a woman defined by her family and her faith.

She married Darrell Dean Davidson on May 14, 1951 at an Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, he preceded her in death in October 2009.

Survivors include her brother Lowell Eagan (Joy), Arkansas City, Kan.; son, Joel Davidson (Karen), Andover, Kan.; daughter, Deanna Ross (Steve), Eudora,; grandchildren, Jennifer Stedry (Scott), Jesse Burke (Katie), Emily Davidson, Joseph Davidson, Zachary Ross, Rachel Patrum (Mike), Mallory Lauber (Ryan), Alex Florence (Michael); sister in law Patricia Eagan; 14 great grandchildren; and many cherished nieces and nephews. Verna is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Betty Parrish (Tom); brothers, Maurice Eagan, Jack Eagan, Gerald Eagan and uncle Cecil Eagan (Vera).

Friends may call from 1-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, she will lie in state so friends may pay their respects. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Great Bend, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences made at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home 

601 Indiana Street

Lawrence, KS 66044

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 28, 2020