January 19, 1931 - September 8, 2019
Verna Lee Holtzen, 88, passed away in Edmond, OK on September 9, 2019. Verna was born January 19, 1931 in Enid, OK to E.H and Anna (Vorderstrasse) Holtzen. She was the eldest of four siblings, Shirley, Donna, and Kenneth. Verna graduated Enid High School in 1948 and Valpraiso University in 1952 and later obtained her masters and APRN at Oklahoma University where she was a Professor for the OU nursing program for many years. She always took pursuit of her own interests and touched the lives of many. Verna travelled to many different places in the world, many of them with her sisters. She enjoyed the culture and experience she gained. She also traveled throughout the U.S., many times by a travel-trailer to camp and enjoy nature. She was a master gardener and lifetime bird watcher. She was an art student at Rose State College. Verna was also a very passionate painter and she worked very hard to master her skills. Verna loved to paint and would generously give her paintings to family and friends. She painted some of her favorite of places she had traveled to and even painted portraits of her great nieces and nephews. Verna was one of a kind. She was generous, smart, caring, and a very strong- minded woman. She loved visiting with her family and even enjoyed a little debating. If you debated with Verna, you would probably receive an article clipping in the mail a few weeks later trying to persuade you to see her side. Verna really enjoyed spending time with her great nephew Ashton. She was renamed “Ena” and enjoyed her new role with this young man from the day he was born. Her label was not aunt or grandma, he always referred to her as “My Ena” and that spoke volumes to her; she has a unique distinction and position within his life, and she made sure she upheld her title. She shared all her interests with him and extended experiences to him which have helped shape him into the wonderful person he is today. She loved taking him to art class and eventually, this helped him develop his artistic skills that she took great pleasure in displaying. She enjoyed teaching him and spending time with him and watching him grow and expand his horizons. He was precious to her as she was to him. Later in life, Verna continued to leave positive impressions on people. She made many friends at senior living facilities with other residents and many of the nursing staff. Even with her declining health, people thought highly of her, enjoyed her stories and many people loved being in her presence. She was genuinely interested in people and their lives and always left a small piece of herself with you. Whether that piece was a thought, an idea or a sense of belief in yourself; she was capable of planting that seed and if within her capacities, help nurture it and watch it grow. She touched a lot of hearts, made an impression on many lives and everyone knew how caring and lovely she was by her display of passion for life and learning and teaching and without expectations- giving a small piece of herself for you to carry with you. There will be a casual reception to remember and celebrate Verna's life on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 1:00PM at Crawford Funeral Home in Edmond, OK. To honor Verna, please consider making donations to the Child Fund International and the OU Foundation.
Verna Lee Holtzen, 88, passed away in Edmond, OK on September 9, 2019. Verna was born January 19, 1931 in Enid, OK to E.H and Anna (Vorderstrasse) Holtzen. She was the eldest of four siblings, Shirley, Donna, and Kenneth. Verna graduated Enid... View Obituary & Service Information
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