Vergie Statt (Crowell), 94, returned home to our Lord on February 5, 2017. The bedrock of her family, our beloved mother, grandmother (Nonnie, La La, Lollie), and friend will be remembered often and deeply missed. The second of six children, Vergie was born in Hood County TX to Oran and Ola Mae Crowell on April 20, 1922. A spirited girl, Vergie spent her childhood working alongside her family on their farm in Bovina, TX and playing with her brother and sisters-games that ranged from seeing who could sit in the homemade "electric chair" the longest (of course she always won) to baptizing the chickens under the disapproving eye of her older brother. As a teenager, Vergie enjoyed going to dances, writing romance stories, and spending time with her siblings. Deeply affected by the passing of her youngest sister, Billie, Vergie chose to commit her life to working with young people. She attended West Texas State College where she earned her teaching certificate and was able to enter the classroom. In 1942, Vergie accepted her first teaching position in Tell, TX. She understood that she had to love children in order to teach them anything. She saw her students for the whole people that they were and nurtured their growth, academically and socially. Vergie loved learning just as much as she loved teaching, and in 1959 she received a Bachelors of Science in Education from WTSC. After spending twenty six years teaching grade school in Tucumcari, NM, Vergie retired in 1988, but she never tired of talking about teaching. Even in her last few weeks, she was retelling stories about students she had decades ago. Perhaps the only job Vergie took more seriously than teaching was being a mother. She loved each of her six children fiercely. As was the case with all of her loved ones, she never required perfection from her children. Vergie had a gift for loving fully and without conditions. Vergie is preceded in death by her parents, Oran and Ola Mae Crowell; her brother, Charles Crowell; sisters, Ola Faye Hendrickson, Ruth Ann Ringo, and Billie Crowell. She is also preceded in death by her sons, C.L. Reno, Jerry Reno, and Mike Reno, and her daughters, Kaye Williamson and Shannon Statt. She is survived by her youngest son, Glenn Reno, whose commitment to his mother and her care has been unwavering. She is survived by one sister, Ina Cooke. She also leaves behind ten grandchildren-Sean Reno, Mitchell Reno, Kelly Reno, David Williamson, Amy Williamson, Michelle Kenna-James, Amber Reno, Michael Reno, Donnie Reno, and Jonathan Reno; seventeen great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Regardless of any heartache life served up, Vergie never stopped drinking in all the beauty and love this life offered, so we will remember her with the same joy she brought to each of us. We will remember her most when the sunrise is most breathtaking, as we sit on front porches, as we play with children, and as we love each other with the same generosity of spirit with which she loved us. A memorial service in celebration of Vergie's life is being planned for April.
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