Verla G. (Miller) Reiss, 86 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Wilcox and Alma)

Memorial Services for Verla G. (Miller) Reiss will be conducted from the United Methodist Church in Alma, Nebraska on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverends Jim Bendorf and Jean Clayton, officiating. Inurnment will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Burr Oak Cemetery at Burr Oak, Kansas following a luncheon at the church.

Verla G. (Miller) Reiss, 86 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Wilcox and Alma) departed this life, and into her new life, on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Holdrege Memorial Homes.

Verla Grace Worden was born on the family farm near Burr Oak, Kansas on June 3, 1927 to Floyd Dewitt and Edith Lucille (Copeland) Worden. She attended country school until 8th grade, at which time she attended Burr Oak High School and graduated in 1944. At the age of 14, she met Virgil Miller and never looked back. They were married on October 22, 1944 at the home of her parents in Burr Oak, Kansas by the Rev. S. E. Thompson. While Virgil was serving in the Army during World War II, Verla moved by herself to San Antonio, Texas to be near him while he was training at Fort Hood. After his deployment to Japan in 1945 and 1946, Verla returned to Burr Oak to wait for his return. During this time, she worked at the Burr Oak Herald newspaper.

After Virgil's discharge, they made their home in Burr Oak until 1952, when the family moved to Alton, Kansas, where Virgil was the manager of the Hardman lumber yard. By this time, two children, Annette and Paul, had joined the family. Verla was a loving and conscientious wife and mother, always making sure that her children and husband were well cared for. In 1958, the family moved to Alma, where Virgil managed the Hardman Lumber Co.

As a child and young woman, Verla was a member of the Walnut Creek Friends Church near North Branch, Kansas. In 1950, along with her family, she joined the United Methodist Church at Burr Oak. Then, in 1958, she transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church in Alma. During these years, Verla was always active in church activities. She taught Sunday School and Bible School, and served on various committees of the church, including serving on the Administrative Board. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women.

In 1965, Verla began a career as a teller and bookkeeper at the Harlan County Bank in Alma. She worked at the Bank until 1985. She was also active in a number of organizations in Alma, including the American Legion Auxiliary, past-president of the Business & Professional Women, and the square dance club, the Prairie Shufflers.

On April 12, 1982, Verla lost her husband, Virgil, to cancer. She mourned his death, and missed him very much, but she knew that her life was not over. In 1984, she met Victor Reiss, who had recently lost his wife, and they were married on February 2, 1985, at the Alma Methodist Church. Victor and Verla enjoyed many happy retirement years together. Verla loved her life on the Reiss farmstead located south of Wilcox, Nebraska. She and Victor spent lots of time in their RV, traveling to many states, attending music festivals and seeing many interesting places.

Throughout her life, Verla enjoyed reading, crocheting, music, gardening, sewing, square dancing, her grandchildren, and taking care of her cats on the farm. Grandkids always had fun when they got to visit the farm.

In addition to her parents, Verla was preceded in death by her two husbands, Virgil L. Miller in 1982 and Victor F. Reiss in 2013; a brother, James R. Worden; and one step-grandson, Ryan Fecht.

She leaves to mourn her passing two children: Paul Miller of Kearney, NE and Annette and husband Bill Hord of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren: Angie (Miller) and husband, Jay Lutt of Farragut, IA; Matt Miller and wife, Kristin of Kearney; Molly Pool of Omaha, NE; Megan Pool of Denver, CO; and Cathy (Pool) and husband, Ryan Kearney of Lincoln; seven great-grandchildren: Ellie Lutt, Jaxson Lutt, Sadie Miller, Trenton Miller, Willa Kearney, Mae Kearney, and Ada Pool-Macias; one step great-grandchild, Emilie Lutt; two step-daughters: Joanne (Reiss) and husband, Dean Fecht of Holdrege and Judy (Reiss) and husband, Greg Krueger of Hastings; three step-grandsons; two step-granddaughters; other relatives and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Following the traditional open casket visitation, cremation will take place.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the United Methodist Church of Alma; the United Methodist Women; or Holdrege Memorial Homes.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma is in charge of the arrangements.

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