Mildred Mae Verbeck was born to David and Cora Jane Holl in Weiser, Idaho in 1914. At age 5, she moved with her family to Grants Pass, Ore. She graduated from high school at Corvallis, Ore., where the family lived on a farm. She attended LaVerne College in California where she met Don Verbeck and later married him in 1937. They lived in California for seven years before moving to Tonasket, Wash., in 1944.
Besides raising a family of four children, she worked as office manager for Don’s business, Verbeck Bros. Inc., and the couple made their home on an apple orchard north of Tonasket where they lived for the next 46 years. In 1990, she and her husband moved to Oakes Mobile Home Court where she resided until 2003. She and her husband moved to Spokane to live with daughter Becky, where she resided until her death.
She was active in the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren where she served as church treasurer. She also served as secretary-treasurer of the women’s fellowship for many years and was a member of the Tonasket Garden Club. Other pastimes included knitting useful items, like slippers and dish cloths, sewing for her grandchildren and raising a garden and canning the produce.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don; son, David; and great grandson Tim Herzog.
She is survived by daughters: Becky (Dick) Haunschild, Karen (Fred) McRae, Jane (John) Rivera and daughter-in-law Marilyn Verbeck; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one on the way; three great-great grand children, five step grandchildren, seven step great grand children and one step great-great grandchild.
Memorial services will be held Oct. 27, 2012 at the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m.