Verna Jean Clements

Verna Jean Clements
Verna Jean Clements

Jean, as she was known by everyone, was born in Globe, Arizona on July 11, 1933, to Vernon and Flossie Spangler.

As a child of the Depression era, she traveled with her family from job to job, finally settling in Hermiston, Ore., and in 1947, moved with her family to Tonasket, working with her family in the family logging business and riding the skid horse. After graduating from high school, she moved to Spokane and became an LPN nurse. That’s where she met John Clements, a handsome service member in the U.S. Air Force. They were married on Nov. 27, 1954. They returned to Tonasket and she worked as an LPN at Tonasket Hospital for many years and as a newspaper carrier for the Wenatchee Daily World. In 1974, they moved to Sweet Home, Ore., and she worked for the Albany Democrat Herald and went back to college for a refresher course for LPNs.

They moved to Bellevue, Spokane, and, finally, Oak Harbor, where she worked from 1986 to 1996 at Whidbey General Hospital.

When she retired, she worked with John delivering bundles of papers to the stores and carriers for the Whidbey News-Times until 2005, when John passed shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary. She was always busy traveling and spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids, never out of sight of her dogs. She was an avid “Days Of Our Lives” watcher from the very first episode until her sand ran out on Oct. 11, 2015. She was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her sisters, Eva Cook, of Omak, Virginia Schmidt “Wray,” of Cashmere, and Linda Sue Hollins “Wayne,” of Golden Valley, Ariz.; daughters, Sharon Ann Boyer, of Spokane, and Diane Smothers, of Oak Harbor; son, Frank Clements, of Sweet Home, Ore.; grandchildren, Skip Boyer, Michael Smothers “Leticia,” and Jennifer Cheatham “Michael;” and great-grandchildren, Andrew Smothers, Ismael Villalba, Chloe McNichols, Leilah McNichols and Aidyn Cheatham.

Memorial service were held at 2 p.m. October 17, 2015 at Concordia Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to Concordia Little Lambs Pre School, 590 N. Oak Harbor St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277.