Verna L. Headrick, age 84, of Sioux Falls, died Friday June 6, 2014 at Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home.
Verna Lucille Burras was born on November 9, 1929 to Carl and Berthilde (Anderson) Burras on the family farm south of Kanawha, Iowa. Verna attended country schools in Norway Township and graduated from Eagle Grove High School.
On August 20, 1950, Verna was united in marriage with Junior Davis "Bud" Headrick. Their marriage was a partnership of give and take, friendship and respect, and the foundation that forged a strong, loving home to raise a gaggle of girls.
In the early 50's, Verna took a job as a waitress at Chris' Cafe working for Chris Christopoulis. One New Year's Eve, Joe Floyd of KELO called Chris and asked if they could put together some food for the television staff and drop it off. Verna said no. Chris said yes. They put it together and dropped it off and Chris' Catering was born. It was the beginning of a long and memorable career. Verna's food has graced the tables of at least 6 US Presidents, numerous musicians and performers ranging from Wayne Newton to Nine Inch Nails and everything in between, every Lewis Store employee for decades, and more brides and grooms than could be counted. Her knowledge and expertise was instrumental in helping Great Bear Ski Area become a thriving event center for the City of Sioux Falls. Verna's cooking talents were matched by quick wit and humor.
After her retirement in 2000, Verna turned her talents toward her church home of First Lutheran
where she became active in Ruth Circle. Verna and her friends spent countless hours serving food at The Banquet, assembling baby layette kits to ship overseas, preparing for the annual church bazaar, and sharing God's word and fellowship at Southridge Nursing Home. She treasured her time spent with the First Lutheran quilters and the men who work in the basement workshop. She loved participating in many activities offered at church such as Senior Ministries, Altar Guild, and Bible Study. Her family lovingly referred to her as "The Church Lady." She formed treasured and faithful friendships that carried her through her final years.
Forever blessed for having shared her life are Verna's daughters: Georgia (Jim) Tirrel, Jill (Peter) Lerdal, Jane "Lucy" (Calvin) Welbig, Joan Headrick (Greg Steele), and Jennifer (Cal) Morse; 14 grandchildren: Jessica Tirrel, Josh Tirrel, Marta Lerdal, Candace Lydic, Matthew Welbig, Nate Steele, Christopher Surdez, Anthony Surdez, Jacob Steele, Rebecca Surdez, Jenika Stamer, Ashley Wallin, Megan Kissner, and Emily Morse; 25 great grandchildren: Aubrey, Finnley, Kennedy, Grace, Quentin, Malia, Jazmine, Deni, Camden, Owen,
Keegan, Kailyn, Liliana, Janelle, Talon, Ayva, Olivia, Brock, Brendon, McKenna, Jaelyn, Conner, Grace, Aisley and Maura; two sisters: Cora Spangler and Opal Neese and one brother Roger (Dorothy) Burras, numerous nieces and nephews, and many treasured, forever friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Bud, their
firstborn daughter, Cynthia, her sister Arlene Burres and her brothers Stanley, Irving, Carroll, and Raymond.
Verna’s funeral service was held June 9 at First Lutheran Church, with burial at Hills of Rest Memorial Park.
Miller Funeral home