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Verla Munsell, 90 year old Mooreland resident, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Funeral services will held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Mooreland with the Reverend David Houchin officiating. Burial will follow in the Mooreland Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Billings Funeral Home in Woodward on Thursday afternoon, August 4, 2016 and the Billings Chapel in Mooreland on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Verla Marcine (Donovan) Munsell was born on September 13, 1925 in Follett, Texas to James Sartwell and Eunice Ida (Riffle) Donovan. The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl era began when Verla was about five, and when she was seven they moved to Centerton, Arkansas. When she was nine, they moved to Mooreland where she graduated from Mooreland High School in 1944. While Verla was in high school, she worked at Austin's Grocery Store, and then worked as a Telephone Operator after getting off work at the store. She was united in marriage to Randall Bryan Stine on May 13, 1944 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Pamona, California and then moved to Mooreland when Randall was discharged from the Navy in 1946. They lived on a farm 12 miles north of Mooreland until 1956, when they moved into town. Verla worked at Cowden's Jean's Factory in Woodward, and later worked at Dunbar IGA in Mooreland. After Randall died in 1960, she ran for the office of City Clerk and held that job for six years until she and her youngest daughter Nancy moved to Enid.

She was united in marriage to Lamont Munsell on October 17, 1969 in Fairview, Oklahoma. They made their home in Mooreland. Lamont farmed and Verla worked at Dunbar IGA again for several years.

Verla was a member of the Haskew Baptist Church and later the First Baptist Church in Mooreland, where she taught children's Sunday School class for many years. Verla enjoyed reading, crocheting, and homemaking. She was an excellent cook and loved to welcome friends and family into her home.

Verla is survived by one son, Ronal Stine and Debby of Woodward; three daughters, Randa Phillips and husband Robert of Atwood, Oklahoma, Joyce Stine of El Paso, Texas, Nancy Green and husband Charles of Mooreland; five grandchildren, Angela Durbin and husband Joseph, Monte York and wife Barbi, Ashlee and husband Aaron, Stacey Aloui and husband Tufik, Bryan Nyambui; six great-grandchildren Jordan James and husband Wes, Mackenzie York, Mckellee, Zoee, Leslee, and Lillee Pape, Brandon and Andrew Soares; great-great-grandchild Maggie James; son-in-law, Gerald Bratcher; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eunice Donovan, husband Randall Stine in 1960, brother Virgil Donovan, grandson Randall Phillips, daughter Clarice Bratcher, husband Lamont Munsell in 2013, and grandson-in-law, Greg Swearingen.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Mooreland or the Mooreland Community Food Pantry, with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family.

Remembrances may be shared on-line at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on August 3, 2016
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