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Verna L. Morrison Smith

March 31st, 1925 – November 1st, 2020

Verna L. Morrison Smith, 95, of Bushnell, IL, formerly of Ipava, IL, passed away at 7:45 pm on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at The Elms in Macomb, IL. She was born on March 31, 1925 in Bushnell, the daughter of Laurin and Opal (Cowman) DeRenzy.

Verna married William Morrison on May 30, 1948 in Bushnell, IL. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1976. She later married Charles Smith on February 14, 1979 Lewistown, IL. He preceded her in death on August 24, 2005.

She is also preceded by her son, Dale Morrison, 6 brothers, Charles, Gerald, Richard, Howard, Gale and Larry, 4 sisters, Margaret Lamm, Dorothy Saulter, Peggy Briney and Shirley Miller.

Survivors include her 2 sons, Eldon (and Brenda) Morrison of Monmouth, IL and William (and Barbara) Morrison of Lincoln, IL, daughter, Sandra (and John) Ziegler of Wadsworth, NV, step-daughter, Rebecca Morse of Lewistown, IL, 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several step-great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Robert DeRenzy of Canton, IL and Kenneth (and Nancy) DeRenzy of Macomb, and her sister, Linda Havens of Marietta, IL.

She was a homemaker. She was also a volunteer at McDonough District Hospital and owner/operator of Morrison’s Hideout in Ipava, IL.

Verna was a member of the Ipava United Presbyterian Church, Ipava Legion Auxiliary for 68 years and Ipava Order of the Eastern Star #226. She enjoyed dancing and singing with the Spoon River Singing Seniors.

A graveside service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in the Bushnell Township Cemetery in Bushnell. Eastern Star services will be conducted by the Ipava Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #226. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO or thr Ipava American Legion Post #17.


November 2nd, 2020

So sorry to hear about Verna, l always enjoyed talking to her when she came to Bluff City to Denny and Peg's. She was a sweetheart.

November 3rd, 2020

To the family of Verna please accept our sympathy at her passing. She was such a kind and friendly lady. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. Rodney and Theresa Keefauver

November 3rd, 2020

My deepest sympathy to all of Verna's family. I am so sorry for your loss. Verna was always a pleasure to work with. Keeping you all close in thought and prayer. Wanda Shannon

November 3rd, 2020

My sympathy to all Verna's family. I got to know her when she lived in Ipava and came to the Dr. office there. She was such a pleasant, friendly lady and a joy to know. Carolyn Cripe

November 4th, 2020

So sorry to hear about Aunt Verna's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Vickie, Rita, and Annette

November 5th, 2020

So sorry to hear of Verna's passing. Our sympathy to her family. Doug & Cheryl Martindale

November 6th, 2020

Verna and my mother-in-law Pat Elam were good friends. Pat taught Verna how to play dominoes. They played in card groups together and had meals together, along with friend Eleanor Olson. Pat passed away two years ago. I visited Verna several times until Covid hit. So sorry to learn of her death. Rose and Jeff Elam

November 8th, 2020

So sorry to read about Aunt Verna's passing. She was quite a lady who loved to laugh. Nola Wheeler

November 8th, 2020

My dearest Aunt Verna. My deepest heart felt sympathy to her children and all her family. I feel their loss as well. I have so enjoyed corresponding and talking with her these past few years. I will truly miss her. Nephew Ralph Morrison

November 9th, 2020

So sorry to hear of Verna"s passing. She was such a nice lady. Danny Carmack