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Verda Irene (Miller) Gantz, 91 year old Mooreland resident, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Woodward. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Mooreland Cemetery. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Verda Irene (Miller) Gantz was born on October 4, 1925 to parents, Scott and Clara Miller. She grew up on a farm in the Haskew community where she attended Silver Springs School along with her brothers and sisters. When Verda was old enough, she went to work for Ingraham's Drugstore in Mooreland where she worked until she met the love of her life, Marvin "Sparky" Gantz. They were married on July 27, 1946. They were blessed with two children, Chris and Cheryl.

Verda was an amazing homemaker and cook. She had a heart of gold and loved to welcome people into her home for meals and fellowship. Verda and Sparky were known for their hospitality and never turned away a stranger in need. Their house became a gathering place for their children's friends after school and on weekends. These friends knew they were always welcome, and made themselves at home, often raiding the refrigerator. Verda was given the nickname "Bird" by those children, a nickname that was used by most who knew her.

Verda accepted the Lord as Savior and joined the First Christian Church, which later became CrossPointe. She remained a faithful member until her death.

Preceding Verda in death were her parents, her loving husband Sparky, two brothers, Loren and Delmer, her sister Bonnie Davidson, and sister Maxine Dillinger.

Survivors are her daughter, Cheryl Baxter of Woodward; son Chris Gantz and wife Cindy of Sharon; two granddaughters, Chawn Hensley and husband Jason of Mooreland, Brandy Hastings and husband Steve of California; two great-grandchildren Jessica and Riley Hensley; two sisters, Lois Roedell of Sand Springs, Ruby Ricks of Washington, Indiana. She is also survived by a host of beloved nieces and nephews, and a special sister-in-law, Idabelle Schnoebelen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mooreland Food Pantry or the St. Jude Hospital with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on November 2, 2016
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