Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Verna C. Marvin
Verna C. Marvin, 95, formerly of Lewisburg, died peacefully Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove, where she was a resident.
She was born Aug. 14, 1912, in Lycoming County, the daughter of the late Charles Frederick and Mary (Houser) Keebler.
Verna attended Mansfield State Teachers College, graduating with a degree in secondary education in 1933. She was one of the oldest living alumni of Mansfield University at the time of her death. She first taught in a one-room school in Lycoming County. Later in life, she taught in Rockdale, Texas, and Lewisburg. Verna is remembered as a gifted teacher who was deeply concerned about her students’ welfare.
She also worked for Rea & Derick, American Home Foods and General Interiors, Lewisburg. Verna loved the Encyclopedia Brittanica and became a saleswoman. She was known far and wide across Central Pennsylvania as the Brittanica lady. Later in life, Verna helped organize the first insect fair held by the Donald L. Heiter Community Center and also served as editor of the first senior citizen newspaper of the Union-Snyder Area Agency on Aging.
A lifelong reader and writer, her children remember whole paragraphs of Henry James being read aloud. Verna published educational articles in Instructor magazine. Her last article, on the state Department of Transportation’s wildflower plantings, appeared in Apprise, WITF’s magazine.
As a child, Verna studied piano with a conservatory-trained teacher, and she could sight-read all her life, occasionally playing in local churches.
Verna loved nature, and she planted thousands of trees on her property. In her 80s, she planted almost 100 cherry trees. Verna was the first person in Union County to sign up for the Forest Stewardship Program. In 2000, she received the Forestry Achievement Award from the Union County Conservation District in recognition of being the first person to complete the stewardship program.
A charismatic person, Verna was outgoing and generous. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Surviving are two sons, Charles F. Marvin of Incline Village, Nev., and his children, Holly and Kimberly, and Paul W. Marvin of Ormond Beach, Fla., and his children, Kathyrn and Richard; a daughter, Judith C. Marvin of Lewisburg; seven great-grandchildren; one cousin, Estella Whitmoyer; and one niece, Mary Leah Daly.
Friends and family were received Saturday, April 12, at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Seven Mountains Audubon Society, P.O. Box 389, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Mifflinburg, PA Telegraph
April 17, 2008
(2nd Grade 1955)
April 9, 2008