Verna was born on August 1, 1931, to Art and Alice Hooper in Owyhee, Nevada. She entered into entered eternal life on February 18, 2021. Verna attended school in Ione, Yomba, and a short time at Stewart. Verna would do household chores and helped care for her 13 brothers and sisters and nephews and nieces. Verna had a passion for riding horses and had such a strong faith in the Lord that she gave her heart to Christ at the age of 11.
Verna married her childhood friend Ralph Bill and had four children: James, Vernon, Dennis, and Esther; Ralph passed away six years later. Her brother Hugh Hooper introduced her to her future husband LeRoy Brady a short time later. Together they had four children: Lois, Kevin, John, and Alan Brady. Family values were instilled in the household and the family did everything as a unit. The family mined turquoise in Austin/Yomba and Mina for many years until settling down in Yomba to ranch and create a homestead. LeRoy and Verna were married just shy of 50 years, until his death in 2007. Verna sewed quilts, embroidered, cleaned turquoise, bucked bales, butchered and wrapped meat, picked pinenuts, gardened, raised pigs and chickens, and made the best yeast bread and donuts. Verna was a true example of a hardworking ranch woman.
Verna is preceded in death by her sons James and Vernon; father and mother Art and Alice Hooper; husbands Ralph Bill and LeRoy Brady and daughter-in-law Mary Brady.
Verna is survived by her children Dennis (Valerie) Bill, Esther (James) Birchim, Lois Brady, Kevin Brady, John (Theresa) Brady, Alan (Jennifer) Brady, and Gary Brady. Eleven grandchildren Brian Bill, Arlo Brady, Teola (Matt) Tremayne, Kevin (Kerry) Brady Jr., Tony Bill, Sheena Bill, John (Monica) Brady Jr., Julia Brady, Britney (Cameron) Keele, Kenny Brady, and Casey Johns and numerous great-grandchildren. Verna is also survived by her siblings Laura Saunders, Darlene Dewey, and Ernest Hooper.
Services will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 10 am at the Country Church, 755 South Crook Road, Fallon, NV. Potluck following Services. Graveside services will be held at the Yomba Cemetery. Please maintain social distancing and abide by Covid restrictions. The Family would like to thank the Smith Family Funeral Home, Country Church, and the Austin Baptist Church.