Buell, Verna Elizabeth, 91, died at home on August 18, 2006. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado on January 31, 1915 -- the eldest of 3 children born to Walter and Eva Cann. A classical pianist in her early years, she performed a piano concerto with the Pueblo Civic Symphony at the age of 17. After graduation, she worked as a secretary and played sheet music for customers at a downtown music store. In 1935, she married Rei Christopher, then Director of Music for the public school system (and former french horn player with John Philip Sousa's concert band). During her 35-year marriage to Mr. Christopher, she became interested in flying and earned both her pilot and commercial licenses. She worked for Continental Airlines in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver from 1946 until her retirement in 1971 -- primarily as a radio operator and station agent. She became an active member of the "99ers" -- a nation-wide group for women pilots, and also served as President of the Western Women's Pilot's Association for a time. Widowed in 1970, she met and married Bob Buell (a fellow Continental employee) in 1971 and subsequently moved to Los Angeles. During her 35-year marriage to Mr. Buell, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Her hobbies included golf, photography, and gourmet cooking. Verna was a life-long member of First Church of Christ, Scientist. Preceded in death by her brother, she is survived by her husband, Bob, her sister and brother-in-law, Audra and Joe Conner; 2 nieces, 3 nephews, 3 stepchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and various grand nieces and grand nephews. A funeral will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park Chapel on Friday, August 25, 2006 at 11am. Arrangements made by White & Day Mortuary.

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  1. Verna and I shared many moments back in our Colorado Springs days when my husband, Jim Lee, worked with her at Continental Airlines at Peterson Field. She was always upbeat and positive in her attitude, regardless of the circumstances. The last time I saw her was in the spring at the beauty shop where we both have gone for years. Despite the toll of years, she was still beautiful and positive. My condolences to Bob and his family. I know they will miss her talents and wonderful personality. Rest in pease, Verna. You made the world a little brighter.

  2. To Bob and his family, Pat and I are in Portland and regretably will not be able to attend the service to honor Verna. She was indeed a very special, warm, loving friend. We have many wonderful memories of being in various places with you both. May the love and care of your friends and family comfort you at this difficult time. Love Jim and Pat

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