Verna Thompson

Verna Jean Thompson (Haney)

Tuesday, September 5th, 1933 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Verna Jean Thompson, 87, of Clearfield died on Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Ridgeview Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center, Curwensville.

She was born on September 5, 1933 in Glen Richey, a daughter of the late Maurice 'Dutch' and Olive (Peoples) Haney.

Verna worked at Brody's for 25 years, and then opened her own clothing store, V.I.P., which she owned for 10 years. She then retired at 60 years old to take care of her grandchildren.

She lived for her swimming pool, where she spent time with family and friends daily. When she wasn't hanging out by the pool, she liked to travel in her spare time. To have known Verna throughout her life was a joy that can't be replaced, she was dedicated not just to her kids, but all of her nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters, brother, friends, many family members on the Haney and Thompson side. She never had a bad word to say about anyone and was considered the Matriarch of the family due to her role in keeping family gatherings always on going. Her working mannerism in Brody's or the VIP store, kept people in laughter and honesty in how the clothes actually looked on the individuals and people loved her for that. Her Bridge and Domino games, which she played at the drop of the hat was one of her greatest times, and she had lots of players that she beat most of the time, she took it seriously. Her humor when it came to cleaning, cooking, dancing, jokes, family fun had you on the floor laughing many times.

Verna's pleasure of singing,dancing, talking, with her family kept her going until the end. Her favorite song to the kids was 'You Are My Sunshine' and when she was out for a good time, she always had the band play and she sang "Won't you come home Bill Bailey" and finished with "Bye Bye Black Bird" and always a standing Ovation. Verna's humor will continue to live on through several of her children. If you didn't know her, you would have loved her like many, many did. Verna will be missed dearly by many and she leaves many, many memories that will live on through many stories to come at future family/friend gatherings.

She is survived by her five children, Richard M. Thompson and wife Melissa, Vicki Jo Lansberry and husband Dusty, Joni Forman and husband Michael, Mark A. Thompson, and Mary Kay Thomas and husband William; 14 grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Shirey and husband Ardell; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard S. Thompson; her son, Michael Dee Thompson; her sister, Joanne Wisor; and her brother, Jerry Haney.

A memorial service will be held at the Clearfield Alliance Church on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3 PM with Dr. Duane A. White officiating. Interment will be in the Thompson Cemetery, Glen Richey.

Friends will be received at the church on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 1-3 PM.

Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Ridgeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 4th Ave, Curwensville, PA 16833.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Clearfield Alliance Church
    45 Alliance Road
    Clearfield, PA 16830
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 3:00pm
    Clearfield Alliance Church
    45 Alliance Road
    Clearfield, PA 16830
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    Dr. Duane A. White
  • Interment

    Thompson Cemetery
    Address not given
    Glen Richey, Pennsylvania 16837
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Bill Johnson

Posted at 04:06pm
Will never forget our wild ride from Texas back to Clearfield in, I believe, 1964 or thereabouts. Jerry and I had just finished our summer Navy ROTC training at the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, and Verna wanted us to help her drive back to PA. I swear she kept Jerry & I laughing the whole non-stop trip. She was a wonderful gal who could cheer you up in a heartbeat. I'm thankful I knew her, and I know she will be missed by everyone who did know her.


Posted at 10:46am
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Rick. She was always nice to me and a joy to be around, when I hung with your family in my teenage years. Cheryl Bumbarger Benkert - Houston, TX

Brother Erik

Posted at 11:37am
To the friends and family of Mrs. Verna
We are truly sad for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are frequent for those who suffer due to the anguish of losing a loved one. We all experience this loss but the Bible teaches that soon death will end at Revelations 21:3,4
The scriptures brought us comfort when we've lost loved ones and I hope it helps by providing comfort at this most difficult time. For comfort from the Bible, please visit

Jan Coleman

Posted at 05:15pm
Verna will be missed greatly, to know her was to love her, I miss her already, I had a blast learning how to play dominos with her, I love you Verna Jan Coleman

Barbara Salapek

Posted at 08:21am
I grew up in Punxsutawney PA, where Verna had her store, VIP. I met her at The Pantall Hotel through my Mother, M. Jane Bush Cunningham. Orig of Philipsburg PA. My Mom & Verna were cousins. They both had hand made, baby doll cribs that a relative made for them. I still have it. I am so sorry to hear of Verna's passing. Sympathies to family & friends.

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