1921 - 2013
Verna Marie George McMillan Zerba, 91, of Wheatland Village died Feb. 17, 2013, at home. Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1821 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. The concluding service and burial will be at the Athena Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston-McEwen Pipes and Drums through the funeral home.
Verna Marie was born April 8, 1921, to John William George and Mary Ethel Young George in Bridge, Idaho, and grew up in the Blackfoot area. She married Willard “Bill” McMillan Dec. 23, 1939, in Idaho. They lived in Blackfoot and in Athena until Bill’s passing in 2005. On Jan. 17, 2009, she married William Zerba. They lived in Athena and later moved to Wheatland Village in Walla Walla.
She loved God and others by joyfully serving in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among which she was Relief Society president, Relief Society councilor and Relief Society visiting teacher. She was a member of Athena American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130, Pendleton VFW Auxiliary, Paradise Good Sams and Blue Mountain Good Sams, Home Extension, Seowain Club. Verna Marie was honored as an Athena’s First Citizen of the Year. She accompanied Weston-McEwen Pipes and Drums on two trips to Washington, D.C., for the 4th of July parades and was very involved throughout her life in numerous other community and civic activities.
Survivors include her husband, Bill at home; daughter, Wilma Jean Trout of Athena; son, Steve and Kathi McMillan of Pullman, Wash.; stepsons, Kendal and Linda Zerba of Athena and Vern Zerba of Portland; sister, Wanda and Johnny Palmer of Salt Lake City; six grandchildren; two step-grandchidren; 10 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill McMillan; son, Terry McMillan; great-grandson, Ammon Glodowski; four sisters, Edith, Ethel, Iona, Mary; and two brothers, LaVerl and Delbert.