Verna Aurelia Tobben

F, #197, b. 17 January 1927, d. 19 August 2014
Father*William Joseph Tobben1,2 b. 4 March 1892, d. September 1976
Mother*Alma Louise Trentmann1,2 b. 1894
     Verna was born in Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 17 January 1927.3,1,2 She was the daughter of William Joseph Tobben and Alma Louise Trentmann.1,2
     Verna Aurelia Tobben also went by the name of Cookie.1
     Verna Aurelia Tobben, William Joseph Tobben and Alma Louise Tobben's child, resided with William and Alma 110 East Sixth, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 25 April 1940.4
     Verna Aurelia Tobben was listed as William Joseph Tobben's daughter on the 1940 US Federal Census of Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, enumerated 25 April 1940.
     She graduated from at High School. There were 26 students in the class.5

     Photo of Verna Herrell (#197). Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd(#172.)6

Verna Herrell

     William Neale Herrell married Verna Aurelia Tobben, daughter of William Joseph Tobben and Alma Louise Trentmann, in St Francis Borgia parsonage, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 30 October 1947 . The wedding guests included Floyd Bible Herrell and Dorothy David Herrell.1,7

     The following item appeared The Washington Missourian, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 6 November 1947
Tobben-Herrell Marriage

     The marriage of Miss Verna Tobben, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J Tobben of Washington, and Mr. W. N. Herrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd B. Herrell of Berger, took place Thursday afternoon, October 30, at 2:00 o'clock at the St Francis Borgia parsonage. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Dacian Bienck, OFM.
     The bride was attired in a beige gabardine suit with brown accessories and a shoulder corsage of gardenias.
     Miss Marcella Calvin, only attendant for the bride, wore a blue garbadine suit, with dark accessories and a corsage of pink rosebuds.
     Marvin LaBoube of Berger served as best man and both he and the groom wore dark suits.
     A 4 o'clock dinner was served in the bride's home after which the newlyweds left on a brief honeymoon.
     On their return, they will make their home in Gasconade where Mr. Herrell is agent and telegraph operator for the Missouri-Pacific railroad.
     Mrs. Herrell is the former cashier of the Crown Finance Corporation.7


     The following item appeared The Washington Citizen, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 7 November 1947
Miss Verna Tobben and W. N. Herrell Wed Here Last Thursday

     The marriage of Miss Verna Tobben, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J Tobben of this city, and Mr. W. N. Herrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd B. Herrell of Berger, took place Thursday afternoon, October 30, at 2:00 o'clock at the St Francis Borgia parsonage. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Dacian Bienek, O.F.M.
     The bride was attired in a beige gabardine suit and choose a corsage of gardenias.
     She was attended by a friend, Miss Marcella Calvin, who wore a blue garbadine suit and a corsage of pink roses.
     Marvin LaBoube of Berger served as the groom's attendant. Both wore dark colored business suits.
     Dinner was served at the home of the bride's parents at 4:00 o'clock to the immediate families after which the newlyweds left on a brief honeymoon. On their return, they will make their home at Gasconade where Mr. Herrell is employed as agent and telegraph operator for the Missouri-Pacific. Mrs. Herrell was formerly employed as a former cashier of the Crown Finance Corp of Washington.8



     Photo of Bill, Verna, and Mike Herrell. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)6

Bill, Verna, and Mike Herrell
Bill, Verna, and Mike Herrell


     Photo of Bill (#128) Verna (197) and Mike Herrell (#198). Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)6

Bill, Verna, and Mike Herrell

     The following item appeared in New Haven Leader, New Haven, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 25 October 1956
Berger News

     Mr and Mrs Floyd B Herrell of here and Mr and Mrs Wm Herrell and son Mike of Gaaconade motored to Houstonia. Mo., Sunday where they spent the day with their relatlves. Mr and Mrs Thay Homann.9


     Verna Aurelia Tobben and William Neale Herrell lived in Tipton, Moniteau County, Missouri, USA, in 1957.1
     The following item appeared Washington Missourian, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 4 December 1958

Mr. and Mrs. David Krueger, Hermann, the Rev. and Mrs. John Alteenberend and Shiela Sue, St. Louis, adn Mr. and Mrs. William Herrell and son, New Haven, spent Thanksgiving Day with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Herrell.10


     The following item appeared Plattsburg Leader, Plattsburg, Missouri, USA, on 23 August 1962
Strasburg News

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Herrell, and Mike, New Haven, Mo., spent from Tuesday until Saturday in the Dean Long home. Steve and Cathy Long, Pleasant Hill, also visited in the Long home.11


     Floyd Cottrell married Verna Aurelia Tobben, daughter of William Joseph Tobben and Alma Louise Trentmann, at Morgan County Courthouse, Versailles, Morgan County, Missouri, USA, on 5 March 1977.1
     Verna met her second husband Floyd Cottrell (#527) through a dating service.

In 1979, Verna was living in Moberly, Missouri with her second husband, Floyd Cottrell (#527).

About April 1992, Verna bought a condo in Scottsdale, AZ. Most of her friends were already living in the area, so it was a good move for her. Her new address is 808 N. 82nd St. #F116
Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Prior to that, she lived many years at 12830 N. Paradise Village, Pky W Apt # 1080, Phoenix, Arizona 85032.

Verna's sister and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in November 1992. They live in Phoenix. Verna's oldest sister lives in Washington, Missouri.

Verna and her two sisters were all born in January -- 6th, 16th, and 17th.

The following was received from Verna Christmas 1994.
"Hi and Happy New Year!

Yes, the years just fly by. the older one gets, time seems to go faster. I must be getting old!

I made a couple of trips in '94. Went to Denver in Sept. for a Cottrell get-to-gether. While there it snowed. What a sight. Hadn't seen snow for ten years. In Oct. went to Nashville. Mike and I had a fun time. He was here in March for a visit.

I had my family here for Christmas Eve and to my sister's next day. Have several parties to attend this week and then a big bash New Year's Eve.

Bill and I started a penny collection for Mike in the early 1950's. It snowballed into all coins, no gold tho. Can you believe over 50 lbs? All are kept in bank. None were bought. back then dates were easy to find in change.

May 1995 be full of fun and good cheer.

Love to you and yours,

Aunt Verna.

     Verna, as Floyd Cottrell's wife, resided with him, in Branson, Missouri, USA. They lived here for two years..12
     Verna, as Floyd Cottrell's wife, resided with him, in Moberly, Missouri, USA, in 1979.
     Floyd and Verna traveled to in Alcapulco Christmas. While there, they watched the nightly dive show as the diver dived off the high cliffs. Their room was nearby so they were able to walk to the cliffs and watch each night.13
     She resided at 12830 N. Paradise Blg Pky W, Apt #1080, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, between 1985 and 1991.2
     Verna Aurelia Cottrell traveled with a group from Phoenix in Branson, Missouri, USA.12
     Verna Aurelia Tobben lived at 808 North 82nd Street #F116, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, in 1992.
     Verna enjoys dancing and goes out several nights a week. She has a regular dance partner.12
     Verna Cottrell (#197) goes dancing at least once a week. There are about 150-200 people that show up. One of the men she met used to work at Missouri Pacific. Turns out he knew Bill Herrell (#128), at least by name. He didn't think much of Gasconade and was happy to leave.5
     Verna traveled to in Hawaii, USA, in 2003. She and a friend made the trip 5 years in a row. The last time was in 2003.12
     Verna Aurelia Cottrell was bit by a dog on 4 May 2005 in Payson, Gila County, Arizona, USA. She and one of her dance partners were walking when an Overland Healer (Australian Cattle Dog) bit her on the ankle. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. One bite required 5 stitches. The other didn't need any. She was so upset, her blood pressure spiked to 206/120.

The dog didn't have it's shots, so it was quarantined for 10 days to be sure it was OK. It was.

Verna has been hobbling around and unable to dance these last couple of weeks.14
     Verna died on 19 August 2014 in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, at age 87.2 She was cremated after 19 August 2014.2 She was buried after 19 August 2014 in the St Francis Borgia Cemetery located in Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA. Her ashes were buried alongside her first husband.2
     Her obituary was published on The Missourian, USA, on 24 September 2014
VERNA HERRELL COTTRELL
1927-2014| Obituary | Condolences



Verna Herrell Cottrell, nee Tobben, 87, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Verna, daughter of the late William Tobben and wife Alma, nee Trentmann, was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Washington. She was raised in Washington. Verna was a resident of New Haven for over 20 years. In 1985, she moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where she lived a very active life through her 70s. Verna was an avid dancer and made many friends through this interest. While in her 80s, her energy gradually declined due to a heart condition, but she kept her positive attitude and sense of humor. She died quickly and peacefully in her home while on the phone with her sister. She had a good life.

Verna is survived by one son, Michael Herrell; one sister, Ora Mae Reutter; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; Bill Herrell and Floyd Cottrell; parents, William and Alma Tobben; and one sister, Esther Elbert.

Per Verna's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Her ashes will be buried next to her husband, William Herrell, at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery, Washington.

The family was served by Nieburg-Vitt Funeral Home, Washington.

Published in The Missourian from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, 2014.15
Last Edited=21 December 2023

Family: Verna Aurelia Tobben and William Neale Herrell

Family: Verna Aurelia Tobben and Floyd Cottrell

Citations

  1. [S78] William Herrell (#128), "Bill Herrell's Genealogy Records (copy)" (New Haven, Missouri). Supplied by Mike Herrell - 1991 . Hereinafter cited as "Bill Herrell Records."
  2. [S1201] Verna Cottrell (#297) Obituary, eMissourian.com, unknown location, Septeber 24, 2014, www.legacy.com, viewed at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/emissourian/obituary.aspx?n=verna-herrell-cottrell&pid=172550562& on October 4, 2014 (Document Source Number: 00192-2014-10-04-01) . Hereinafter cited as eMissourian.com.
  3. [S190] Verna Aurelia Tobben unknown date.
  4. [S1783] Joseph Tobben (#525) household, April 25, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Franklin, Missouri, population schedule, town of Washington, enumeration district (ED) 36-35, supervisor's district (SD) 9, sheet 10B, dwelling 110, family 220, National Archives micropublication . (Document Source Number: 00525-1940-04-25-01). Hereinafter cited as Tobben, Joseph (#525) 1940 Census.
  5. [S821] Personal knowledge of Verna Cottrell (#197) (Scottsdale, Arizona) , on November 29, 2008.
  6. [S157] Sheila Sue Altenbernd unknown date.
  7. [S1491] William Herrell (#128) Tobben-Herrell Marriage, The Washington Missourian, Washington, Missouri, November 6, 1947, page 8, column 3, www.newspaprarchive.com on May 14, 2020 (Document Source Number: 00128-1947-11-06-01) . Hereinafter cited as Washington Missourian.
  8. [S1492] William Herrell (#128) Tobben-Herrell Marriage, The Washington Citizen, Washington, Missouri, November 7, 1947, page 2, column 4, www.newspaprarchive.com on May 14, 2020 (Document Source Number: 00128-1947-11-07-01) . Hereinafter cited as Washington Citizen.
  9. [S1501] Floyd Herrell (#70) Berger News, New Haven Leader, New Haven, Missouri, October 25, 1956, page 4, column 1, www.newspaperarchvive.com on May 15, 2020 (Document Source Number: 00070-1956-10-25-01) . Hereinafter cited as New Haven Leader.
  10. [S1336] Page 13, Column 3, Washington Missourian, Washington, Missouri (December 4, 1958), (Document Source Number: 00070-1958-12-04-01).
  11. [S1503] William Herrell (#128) Strasburg, Plattsburg Leader, Plattsburg, Missouri, August 23, 1962, page 4, column 3, www.newspaperarchive.com on May 2, 2020 (Document Source Number: 00128-1962-08-23-01) . Hereinafter cited as Plattsburg Leader.
  12. [S712] Personal knowledge of Verna Cottrell (#197) (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) , on September 30, 2006.
  13. [S1155] Discussion with Verna Cottrell (Scottsdale, Arizona), by Sheila Altenbernd, March 27, 2013. Unknown repository (unknown repository address).
  14. [S265] Verna Aurelia Tobben unknown date.
  15. [S1866] Verna Cottrell (#197) Verna Herrell Cottrell, The Missourian, unknown location, September 24, 2014 on September 26, 2014 (Document Source Number: 00197-2014-09-24-01) . Hereinafter cited as The Missoourian.