Verna Owens Renfro, 1893-1919

We provide the following obituary for Verna Owens Renfro in case her descendants might be looking for it. The newspaper account states that she died on Feb. 10, 1919, but the article is from March 13, 1919, and it also states that she died “Monday morning.” As always, newspapers are genealogy gold and, at the same time, often not quite correct when it comes to such things. From the March 13, 1919 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Young Mother Passes Away

The sad news of the sudden death of Mrs. Jesse Renfro which occurred about eight o’clock Monday morning, brought a feeling of deepest sadness and sympathy over this community. This mother, loving and devoted to her home and to all who it was her pleasure to know, passed quietly to rest leaving the sufferings and sorrows such as is common to this life, to dwell where there is no more pain, no more parting, no more death — yes, to be at home with God.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence 5 miles east of Hopkins at one o’clock today by Rev. R. R. Watts, pastor of the Hopkins Baptist church. Interment in the cemetery near Siam.


Verna Owens Renfro was born at Skidmore, Mo., June 17, 1893, and departed this life near Hopkins, Mo., Feb. 10, 1919, aged 25 years, 7 months 22 days. She is the daughter of Martin and Zorilda Owens who reside near Hopkins. The other children of the family are Harley, Ed and Neil Owens and Lola Morehouse of Hopkins, Roy Owens of Hiawatha, Kansas, Jessie Albright of Palmer, Kansas, Nora Fuller, Ballentine, Mont., and Anna Link, deceased.

Miss Verna Owens was married to Jesse Taylor Renfro July 19, 1910, at Bedford, Iowa. To this happy union were born five children who are now living, Orville, 8; Mildred, 5; Kenneth, 4; Harlan, 3 and Marjorie, 15 months.

Mr. Renfro is the oldest child of Marion and Mary E. Renfro and is one of Nodaway county’s energetic young farmers.

Mrs. Renfro was converted when she was 14 years of age and made an open confession of her faith in Christ. She afterward was baptized and united with the Hazel Dell Baptist church north of Hopkins. She was a good Christian woman, a loving mother and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She loved the song, “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and we feel that her Lord has called her to that place of refuge and safety. The father and children have the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them and we can only point them to Him who cares for us and loves us as a kind and loving father does his own children and we have the promise of His care in I Peter 5-7 where He says, “Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.”

“Nor eye hath seen, nor ear hath heard nor sense nor reason known, What joys the father hath prepared, For those that love the Son.”