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Verna Chase

Verna Mae Chase, 81, formerly of Deer Creek, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2007, in Kalispell, Mont.

She was born April 21, 1925, at the family home in Todd County to Ervin and Zoa Anderson. She was married to Harris Chase on Nov. 23, 1941, at the Union Corners Church parsonage, near Hewitt. During and after the years following World War II, she spent her time as a homemaker. She loved to sew, cook, garden, paint and crochet along with many other activities and was an exceptionally loving wife and mother. She loved music and spent countless hours playing her guitar accompanying Harris's fiddle. Many from the Wadena and Otter Tail County areas will remember their music. Singing and playing from childhood, she met Harris when she and her sister provided the music at his grandparents' anniversary party. Both Chases were active in the Montana State Old Time Fiddlers.

Her funeral service was officiated by the Rev. David Merkel, of the Columbia Falls Methodist Church on March 7, and she was laid to rest beside Harris at the Montana Veterans Home Cemetery in Columbia Falls cemetery.

Survivors include her sisters, Zella Chase, Amelia Haller, and Marilyn Becker; brother, Ervin Anderson Jr.; sons, Michael (Neila) Chase and Jeff (Lynn) Chase; daughters, Jeanne (Doug) Everhart and Sylvia (Roger) Stenzel; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Zoa; her husband, Harris Chase; her brothers, Leslie, Morris, Archie and Leo; and her daughters, Joanie Jean and Yvonne Acheson.