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Vera L. McGirl

 Vera L. McGirl
1931 – 2008

Vera L. McGirl, 77, of Eldon, MO, formerly of Kahoka, MO died Friday, August 22, 2008 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Versailles, MO.

She was born June 20, 1931 in Luray, MO, the daughter of Leslie R. and Stella Faye Weller Sawyer. On January 18, 1958, Vera was united in marriage to John McGirl in the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka, MO. He survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Joyce A. Bass of Wyaconda, MO and Teresa K. Sutherland and her husband Dr. Charles Sutherland of Moberly, MO, one son, Marty R. McGirl and his wife Colleen of Eldon, MO, nine grandchildren, Walter Morris of Bloomfield, IA, Faron Morris and his wife Jennifer of Clarksburg, MO, Ian Sutherland of Columbia, MO, Tyler Sutherland of Moberly, MO, Logan Sutherland of Columbia, MO, Shelby Sutherland of Moberly, MO, Kyle McGirl of Eldon, MO, Caitlin McGirl of Eldon, MO and Kellie Homan and her husband Andy of Virginia Beach, VA, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, one brother, Gerald E. Sawyer and his wife Judy of Kahoka, MO, four sisters, Virginia Johnson of Kahoka, MO, Delores Shannon of Canton, MO, Darlean Mohr of Canton, MO, and LaNora Davis of Bartlette, TN, one sister-in-law, Betty Sawyer of Kahoka, MO and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father in-laws, Earl & Emma McGirl, one granddaughter, Danita Morris, one brother, G. Dean Sawyer, one sister, Judy A. Monych, two half-brothers, Bobby Sawyer and Delbert Weller.
Vera was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka, MO.

Vera and John lived in Kahoka and raised their children in Kahoka before moving to Eldon, MO. Vera worked out of the home some of her years, but the job she loved and took most serious was being a good wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Whatever her family needed, Vera was always there to lend a helping hand as long as her health permitted. No one could make a cobbler like Vera, she was the best. She took great pride in her home and made it a happy home where family and friends were always welcome. Vera loved getting together with her brothers and sisters, especially during the holidays when they would spend several days making homemade cookies and candies and Christmas Wreathes. They also enjoyed all day shopping trips together and homemade ice cream on the 4th of July.

Vera enjoyed volunteering at the Nursing Home and Senior Center and enjoyed sewing and embroidery.

There is sorrow in our hearts today, but Vera would want us to remember all the good times we have shared and not feel sadness. She lived her life to reach this final destination and now she is home. She was loved deeply her husband, John and all who knew her and she will be sadly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO with Pastor Orlie Yoder officiating. Burial will be in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 1 p.m., Sunday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO with the family meeting with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Community Hospices of America.
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