Verna passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home in Plainwell.
She was born September 8, 1935 in Lake Odessa, the daughter of John and Dorothy (Kyser) Brake. Verna was a Lake Odessa High School graduate and attended Huntington College in Indiana. She had owned and operated Plainwell Church and Office Supply with her husband. She also worked at the Lantern Christian Bookstore in Kalamazoo, Copies Plus in Plainwell with her son and was the secretary at First Baptist Church in Plainwell for many years.
Verna enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting, taking nature walks and vacationing with her family. More than anything she loved being a devoted Gigi to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and adopted family. She was an avid soccer fan and loved attending and cheering for her grandchildren at all of their activities. Verna loved her family and looked forward to attending the Brake Family Pig-Fest every year.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Plainwell and was a Sunday School teacher and Awana leader. She was the first Sunday School teacher for each of her grandchildren.
On August 22, 1954 at her family’s farm in Clarksville, she married Dewey Farris who passed away in 1987.
Surviving are her children, Debbie (John) Coombs of Wayland, David Farris of Plainwell, Vicki (Garry) Snyder of Plainwell and Bob (Kelly) Farris of Plainwell; 12 grandchildren, Dustin, Kim (Andy), Josh (Lacy), Kristen (Brian), Jason, Kayla (Sallu), Kyle (Samantha), Katie (Jon), Alyssa (Andrew), Jenna (Joey), Derek and Jacob (Kenedie); 7 great-grandchildren, Oakley, Natalie, Madi, Paisley, Abi, Ryder, Mason and Sawyer; siblings, Ruth Stadel and Jack (Jan) Brake along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Stephanie and brother, Robert Brake.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place.
Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery.
A celebration of Verna’s life will be held at a later time.
Contributions in memory of Verna may be made to First Baptist Church of Plainwell Awana and Youth Ministry Program.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.