Verna Marie Sheets, 74, Bemidji, Minn., mother of an Amherst woman, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji, Minn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Burial will be in Guthrie Cemetery in Guthrie, Minn.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and at the church after 1 p.m. Friday until the services.
Mrs. Sheets was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Cayuga, N.D., a daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Fust) Silverthorn. The family moved to Bemidji in 1932 and she attended schools there.
She was married to Luther Sheets on March 10, 1946, in Bemidji. He died in 1975.
She worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 35 years, retiring in the mid-1980s.
Survivors include one son, Duane (Michele), Bemidji, Minn.; two daughters, Carol (Bill) Hill, Amherst, and Sharon (Dennis) Bowman, Lake George, Minn.; two brothers, Lester (Ann) Silverthorn, Finley, N.D., and Virgil (Faye) Silverthorn, Bemidji, Minn.; six sisters, Mabel Dewey, Bagley, Minn., Helen (Don) Pritchett, Nevis, Minn., Ardella (Clarence) Lindseth and Luella (Neal) Lindseth, both of Bemidji, Minn., Elaine Silverthorn, Milwaukee, and Virginia (Allen) Williamson, Silver Bay, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.