Verna Thaxton, a 56 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Torrance. Verna was born to Victor E. and Edith Hollett on June 10, 1929 in Spencer's Cove, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Canada where she grew up. After graduation from school she entered the Nursing program at St. John's General Hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland and graduated in 1951 with her Registered Nurses degree. She met her husband, Roger E. Thaxton, in St. John's while he was stationed at Pepperal Airforce base. Roger was from Ohio; after his discharge they moved to California and lived in Torrance since 1956. They had two children, Larry Paul and Susan Diane. Verna was predeceased by her husband in 1988. She has five sisters, four living in Newfoundland and one in New Brunswick, Canada: Daphne Squires (Cal), Ivy Blackmore (Harold), Edith Wareham (Alton), Joan Hollett, and Gwen Hollett; plus numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Verna was employed by Torrance Memorial Medical Center as an RN for 26 years until her retirement in 1987. She was a volunteer there since 1995 and loved it. She also volunteered at her church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Torrance. She joined the CERT program with the Torrance Fire Department and was proud to be a participant of this program. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Monday June 6, 2011 from 5 to 9pm. The Service will be held at Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd, with burial to follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Verna's name to the Alzheimers' Association.

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  1. Verna – I carry your joy of giving in my heart. As Santa’s elf, you kept the delight of Christmas morning stockings alive with wind up toys and simple novelties for every adult on your list. You will be rememberd and missed. With Depest Regards, Frank

  2. Dear Larry and Susan, Your mother was a wonderful woman. She helped so very many people over the years. I am glad that she had been a part of my life. Pat

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