VERNA HOWTON ANGELL GRIDER, age 81, formerly of Marion, passed away on December 18, 2010 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL.
Verna Howton Angell Grider was born to James Moses and Lillian Lambert Howton in Dorrisville, Saline County, Illinois on April 8, 1929. She was the third child and second daughter in a family of twelve children. Two siblings, Norma Raines and Robert Howton, preceeded her in death.
She was married to James Jack Angell on July 12, 1952 in Pigott, Arkansas and was married for 31 years before his death on September 8, 1983. She leaves two children, Marlin Angell, of Germantown, Tennessee, wife, Denise, and grandchildren, Brittany Elster Angell, Germantown, Jared Angell of Oklahoma City and Sara Angell of Austin, Texas; and Janel Angell Loucks, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, husband, Mark and granddaughter, Alexandria.
Verna married William A. Grider on April 29, 1994. He preceeded her in death on January 23, 2005.
She attended Sadler School in Saline County, Mountain Township, Illinois for eight years and graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1946.
Verna is best remembered for the 18 years that she ran a neighborhood beauty shop from her home on South Vicksburg Street. In her later years, she fulfilled a dream of obtaining her LPN and worked at Friendship Care Nursing Home in Marion as well as Annenberg Manor in Manassas, Virginia.
Verna was always active in church and community. She was a long time member of First United Methodist Church and in later years, was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In 2007, she moved to Glen Carbon and transferred her member ship to St. Johns United Methodist Church.
She always enjoyed her church, her work, and her family. Verna found life challenging, rewarding and fulfilling because of her love for Christ. In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by siblings, Kenneth, James, Stanley, Mike, Gary, Gerald Howton, Margaret Prehn, Sandra Dawson, Kathleen Billingsley and many nieces and nephews.
Verna will be remembered by her family as a great cook, especially remembered for her vinegar dumplings and German Chocolate Cake.
Funeral services will be held at Noon on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Sheryl Palmer officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.
For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.