February 11, 2010
(1/12/1939 - 2/2/2010)
Verla Courtright, 70, of rural Memphis, Missouri passed away at the Scotland County Care Center early Tuesday morning, February 2, 2010, after losing a long battle with cancer.
The daughter of Vernon Edward and Edith Ruth Rider Swartz, she was born on October 12, 1939 in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Verla grew up in rural Van Buren County, Iowa where she attended and graduated from Keosauqua High School. She was involved in the Prairie Pals 4-H Club and the United Methodist Center Chapel in her youth, Methodist Youth Fellowship.
She married Duane Clark (Corky) Courtright on September 16, 1956 and to this union three children were born. After their marriage they moved to the Memphis area.
She kept busy being a homemaker and doing books for Duane’s logging business. Along with that, Verla worked at the Junction Cafe, as SCR-I School Dietary Supervisor, at Gas & More Greenhouse, and at the Thrift Shop. She worked at the Antique Fair quilt show, volunteered at the Methodist Church, and put her time in at the MO Show Me Speedway in Downing, Missouri, working with her chickens and delivering eggs to her friends. She loved to talk to anyone that would join in the conversation and visit. Some of her hobbies she loved doing were reading, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, working in her flower gardens, and feeding the birds along with her cats and dogs. In the Christmas season she would make nativity scenes for the Bazaar. Rarely if ever did she miss an event that involved her children or grandchildren and always thought of others first.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Steve Courtright, her parents, and one sister Edna Mae Savage.
She is survived by two sons, Doug (Kelley) Courtright of Kansas City, Missouri and Bob (Barbie) Courtright of rural Memphis, Missouri; two grandchildren, Brittney (Ryan) Hinds of Lincoln, Nebraska and Brett Courtright of Kansas City, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Elwood (Madeline) Courtright of Kansas City, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss her dearly.
Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Northeast Missouri or the Scotland County Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 6, 2010, at at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Terry Lippstreu officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery.
Musicians were Terry Lippstreu soloist and Angela Westhoff organist.
Pallbearers were Gary Young, Jeff Brandon, Mike Hill, David Courtright, Brett Courtright and Jr. Jones. Honorary Pallbearers were Helen and Winnie Hill, Millie and Junior Elliott and Lily and Dave Brandon.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.