Denison – Verna Mae Allen, 82, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
The Rosary service will be held at 6:30 PM, Monday, January 4, 2010 at Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard St., Denison, TX with visitation to follow until 8:00 PM. The funeral home will be open at 1:00 PM, Sunday.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 314 N. Rusk, Denison, TX with Father Stephen Mocio officiating. Interment will follow at Georgetown Cemetery in Pottsboro.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Schnitker, John Schnitker, Johnny Weger, Mark Schnitker, Bob Schnitker and Curtis Clement. Honorary pallbearer will be Brunson Choate.
Verna was born on September 2, 1927 in Muenster, TX the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Herr) Schnitker. Verna graduated from St. Xavier's Academy in Denison. She married Charles Allen on June 22, 1946. She worked at Freel's Dept. Store, Lilley's Dept. Store, Young Fashions, manager of Top Value Stamps and Janet's Fashions.
Our mother was a superb cook and loved to have the family gathered together. She always had words of encouragement and strength in difficult times. Her ability to never waiver in her struggle after illness struck her was one of her amazing gifts. She loved flowers of all kinds and would enjoy long drives and wildflowers along the way. Her strength, courage and faith inspired and comforted us in our own struggles through life.
She enjoyed wildlife and had a deep appreciation for the magnificent natural landscapes. But, we think her greatest pride came from being with her family members as she adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her love and strength will be missed greatly. Her faith in God was unwaivering.
Verna is survived by her husband, Charles "Dick" Allen of Pottsboro; 3 children, Charles E. Allen and wife Jody of Denison, Carol Brownlee of Denison and Mary Kathryn Conary and husband Donnie of Denison; 4 grandchildren, Michelle, Stephanie, Brandy and Colby; 9 great grandchildren, Chelsea, Grant Jr., Brandon, Blake, Zoe, Zaiden, Stephanie, Devyn and Dylan; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Bertha (Herr) Schnitker; sister, Margaret Hughes; brothers, Alfred, Joseph, Eugene, Clarence "Dutch" and Wilford Schnitker.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard Street, Denison, Texas 75020. For further information, please call the funeral home at (903) 465 – 2323, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, please go to www.bratcherfuneralhome.com