The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 15, 2014

Vera J. Severs

JOPLIN, Mo. — Vera J. Severs

Vera J. Severs, age 90, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with her Heavenly Father on Feb. 13, 2014, following an illness.

She was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Miami, Okla., to Robert and Martha (Davis) Watts.

Vera was raised in a time when modern amenities were not the norm. She was not privileged to indoor plumbing or electricity. She helped her father make money by cutting wood. At times she and her father would walk five miles to cut and split wood which they sold for 75 cents a rick. Vera moved to the Greenwood community in 1944 and to Joplin, Mo. in 1953. When she was raising her children, at times she would work for Carver Turkey Farm, to be able to have turkey for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

The Lord was first in her life then her family. She loved being with her family and attending to others who were ill. She was famous for her homemade rolls, chicken and noodles. She made quilts for all of her grand, great-grand, and great-great- grandchildren. Vera enjoyed baseball and just loved life.

Vera married William Severs on Feb. 27, 1942, in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1968. She then married Milton Willis on April 3, 1974, in Miami, Okla. and he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2000. She was also preceded in death by one son, Gene Severs; four brothers, Lester, Lawrence, Leonard and Willie Watts; six sisters, Zelma Sipes, Pearl Leiderbrand, Maudie Waggoner, Nora Watts, Jonell Bird and Mildred Martin.

She is survived by one son, Jack Severs and wife, Georgia, Joplin, Mo.; two daughters, Linda Korb and husband, Don, Miami, Okla., Carolyn Eckhoff and husband, Harold, Joplin, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and 33 great- great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary chapel with pastors Brad Graves and Todd Harder officiating. Burial will follow at the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday Feb. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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