|Writing the memoir for Mrs. Coburn, “Miss Verna,” is a sacred assignment. She died October 7, 1990 at the age of ninety-seven.
Vema Dean married Jay Coburn, who was a Methodist minister. Jay died in 1928. Soon after Jay’s death, Verna began teaching in the Ponchatoula Elementary School. Through the years, she also taught a Sunday School class. This, to her, was real life. In the summer, she loved to travel, making a trip to California in a “Model A Ford.” Her travels took her to many places; to Catalina Island; to Niagara Fails; and, on into Canada. She made two trips to the Holy Land where she was baptized in The River Jordan.
Verna was very thankful for her many years of good health, and worked hard to help others at all times. She believed that regular attendance of Sunday School and Worship, and also, the weekly meetings gave her a firm grip on Christian life. She was very loyal in giving and taught her class the value of giving. On September 19, 1984, she received a nice plaque in appreciation for fifty-five years of “Outstanding Christian Service” to the United Methodist Church. This plaque now hangs in the Sunday School classroom where she taught so long.
Verna worked with the Woman’s Society of Christian Service, now United Methodist Women, for many years and held office in it at different times. Also, she worked with Church Women United. “Miss Verna” loved to attend the Parsonnettes’ meetings and did so as long as she was able.
For one who has lived such a useful life and enjoyable life, Matthew 25:23 comes to my mind: “Well done, good and faithful servant - Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1991, p. 232 By Burl Dampier|