Verneta Truitt Enfield - January 13, 2011
Verneta Mae Enfield died in her sleep Jan. 13, 2011, released from all worries and cares. She was born 91 years earlier on May 8, 1919, in Perkins County, Neb. wheat country, where she grew up, graduated from high school and married Leon “Earl” Enfield. Her parents were Orvel and Florence Truitt.
As a young mother in the 1940s, she taught in a two-room schoolhouse in rural Perkins County before relocating to Los Angeles, Calif., after World War II.
She retained a lifelong interest in teaching and education, pursuing and obtaining her own college degree while encouraging her children to do the same.
Meanwhile, she worked with troubled youth as a probation officer, and later taught as an adult educator and counselor with the Los Angeles County Board of Education, gaining the love and respect of those she mentored.
She retired with her husband to Vancouver, Wash., where she studied and became a master food preserver, sharing her skills with all who were interested.
In 2006, after a life of hard work and service and in failing health, she relocated with her husband to Columbus, Ga., to be near their oldest son and his wife.
She will be remembered for her hard work, loyalty, encouraging attitudes and decency and for her fairness, quick wit and lively sense of humor.
Verneta is survived by her sister, Lela Brandt, of Imperial, Neb.; two sons and their wives, Roger and Susan Enfield of Columbus and Ronald and Diane Enfield of Cherry Hill, N.J.; three grandchildren and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Verneta’s husband of 70 years died one year ago. Others preceding her in death were brothers, Cleo and Glenn Truitt; and a sister, Lois Alden.
A small memorial service will be held in Vancouver in April with burial for both Verneta and Earl at Evergreen Memorial Gardens there.