Art and Verna Flick
Verna Miller Flick
Verna Asenith was born June 20, 1913, to Eliza and Walter Miller of Tolstoy, SD. She joined siblings Lewis (Culley), Fred, Eunice, Hazel and Walter (Casey). Following her birth were Donald, Delbert (Buck), and Inez.
Her childhood and early teens were spent in Tolstoy. In 1929, she moved with her family to Ziebach County, where her father took up farming and ranching.
Verna frequently recalled, with characteristic wit and wisdom, her early years of growing up with eight brothers and sisters and living a simple rural life.
Verna met Arthur Flick while attending Dupree High School. Art's spark for life and adventurous spirit attracted Verna and she fell in love.
She graduated from high school in the spring of 1932. On December 2,1932, she married Art.
The newlyweds established their first home in Dupree where Art worked as a filling station attendant and Verna embarked on her career as a housewife and mother. She possessed all the qualities necessary for her demanding job during the "dirty thirties." She had resolute determination, an innovative spirit and patience. The first home she and Art had burned to the ground, along with all their belongings.
With courage and togetherness, they lovingly built another home, where they continued to raise their daughters, Dawn Elaine, Mary Elizabeth, Virginia Ann and Lorna Lee.
Verna was an intensely private woman whose greatest devotion was to her husband and four daughters. By necessity, Verna expanded her career to seamstress, creating everything for her four girls-most often from hand-me-downs.
She had strong religious convictions and raised her daughters in the Christian tradition. On November 14, 1948, Verna, along with her four daughters, was baptized into the family of Christ. Throughout her adult life, Verna was an active member in her church, the First United Presbyterian Church of Huron.
She was no political activist-which is not to say she didn't have an opinion on national and state issues ... she usually did! No one was more ioyal to the United States and South Dakota than Verna.
Through the years, changes and opportunities took Verna and her family from Dupree to Mott, North Dakota, then back to South Dakota, residing in Canova, Mitchell, Platte, Huron and Pierre.
When Verna's daughters were grown, she firmly believed their fate was in God's hands. But she also felt He had put her in charge and Verna never retired from her nurturing job.
Verna experienced brief encounters with the business world: working at a "Five and Dime" and working at a grocery store. Yet she always dreamed of someday being a secretary.
On August 15, 1979, Art died, leaving Verna "alone," a role entirely unfamiliar to her. Deep within Verna, the reality of independence surfaced and she settled in the Revere Apartments, where she enjoyed the company of many close friends.
In the spring of 1996, Verna was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She died June 10, 1999, trusting in the promise that her spirit would be released to breathe the everlasting life.
A person's life is measured by the love their family and friends hold for them, and surely Verna was respected by all who came to know her. It is measured also in the details, the bits and pieces of personality that cannot be easily summed up or accounted for in a list of accomplishments. Verna will be missed in a thousand little ways, every day, by those who loved her.
Verna is survived by her four daughters, four son-in-laws, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, her brother Walter, her sister Inez and a whole "family" of friends.
We cannot adequately thank you for coming to Verna's service today. We have learned, above all things, that God's love and comfort comes through people who care.
Lorna, Gini, Mary & Dawn
Iny, Buck, Verna, Casey, Hazel, Donald, Eunice
Dawn & Jon
Ginny and family
Mary and Dawn with Hubbies
Walt and Iny Boettcher, Donald, Casey & Gen, Verna
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