January 20, 1929 – February 25, 2018
Verna Mae Hernandez passed away February 25, 2018 in San Diego, CA after a long struggle with debilitating arthritis. She was 89 years old. Verna was born Verna Mae Strange on January 20, 1929 in Los Angeles, CA to Charles and Carrie Strange. She spent her childhood with her younger brother, Chuck, in southern California until her family moved to Ely, Nevada when she was 17 years old. She graduated from White Pine High School in 1947. Verna then attended the University of Nevada in Reno where she met her life-long love, Chris Hernandez. They were married September 16, 1950 in Elko, NV., and shortly thereafter, they started their family of 3 daughters; Caren, Carla, and Claudia.
Verna stayed busy raising three girls, proudly supporting them in scouting, music and various school activities. She also worked various jobs some of which include: being a telephone operator, a bank teller at Security National Bank, and business manager of Elko General Hospital. She was active in the choir at First Presbyterian Church and was also president of the Twentieth Century Club where she made many lifelong friends. Verna was an avid reader with a very large collection of hard back books, a talented pianist and loved gardening. She had the most beautiful peony garden in Elko, NV for years.
Verna and Chris left Elko in 1979 and lived on the Oregon coast, southern California, Boise, Idaho and then retired in San Diego where her heart always was happiest. They were married for 62 years until Chris passed away in 2013. This began a major decline in Verna’s health. She leaves behind her three loving daughters and their families; Caren McBride in Elko, NV, Carla Hernandez (Alexander Chucholowski), San Diego, CA, and Claudia Vlamis, Boise, ID., 5 beautiful granddaughters, Ariadne, Amelia and Constance Chucholowski, Alex Kane and Erin Vlamis. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Chuck.
A burial service will be held in Elko, NV at a later date. Any donations can be made in her name to the World Wildlife Fund.