Verlene was born in Brush Creek, Missouri, on November 17, 1929. She attended grade school in both Buhl, Idaho and Hartville, Missouri. She attended high school in Mountain Home, Idaho.
After high school she lived with her grandmother Carder in Boise and worked at CC Anderson, and later lived with Margie (Odle). Margie and Lyle set mom and dad up on a blind date. Three months later they were married by the Justice of the Peace at the United States Naval Training Center in San Diego, California.
Verlene was a wife and mother who derived great joy from supporting dad as he pursued his dreams and raising three daughters to pursue their dreams.
The job she most enjoyed was as Business Manager for Geotechnical Corporation, a job she held for 30 years.
Verlene was an accomplished cook who loved supper clubs and learning new recipes. She was also an excellent seamstress; over time she often came to prefer to sewing rather than buying clothes so she could modify patterns and use specific fabrics.
Her passions were piano and art. Verlene taught herself to play piano by ear. She never had a music lesson and later taught herself to read music. Growing up, her favorite Christmas gift was the year her parents bought her a piano.
She enjoyed painting with watercolor and acrylics, sketching, and ceramics.
Verlene had a curious mind, learned easily, and loved to read and learn new things. She was a lifelong learner. She was not easily discouraged and would continue to practice until she was satisfied with her mastery. She and dad could often be found at art shows, concerts, and theaters. They loved to dance together. She loved participating in dad’s adventures, claiming that he gave her a life she could never have dreamed of.
She was a great traveler, and photos from those travels often became the source of her paintings.
She was independent, tenacious, persistent, a loving mother and devoted wife.
Verlene often told stories about her family growing up. That love of family and family get togethers continued throughout her life.
Mica was her favorite pet.
She is survived by a sister, Florene Fierstos; two half brothers, Richard Garner and Ron Garner; three daughters and two sons-in-law Deborah and Mike Battaglia, Denise Cupp, and Cheryl and Rick Castagno; six grandchildren Suzanne, Joanne, Anthony, Megan, Michelle, and Jamie; and nine great grandchildren Lamar, Christopher, Christina, Anthony, Joey, Sean, Alec, Mason, and Isabel.
She is proceeded in death by her husband Richard, a sister Patricia Garner, and two brothers Clyde Garner and Ardell Garner.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the American Heart Association in Verlene’s honor. https://www.heart.org/
A memorial service will be held, 10:00 am, Monday, September 25, 2023, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City, Idaho.
To watch the celebration of life, please visit: https://vimeo.com/867990128?share=copy