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Helen "Verda" Denney

May 28, 1918 ~ December 2, 2018 (age 100)

Helen Verda Denney, known to family and friends as Verda, and her twin brother Vernon, were born in Fargo, Idaho on May 28, 1918 to Royal F Sleeper and Verda Belle lnkley. Their mother died a few days later. Close family friends George and Francis Camp took Verda to care for her. Her brothers Royal and Vernon stayed with their father. Their father died when Verda was 10, and she grew up knowing Francis Camp as her loving mother. George Camp died when Verda was 4 years old. Francis then bought a boarding house in Caldwell, Idaho where Verda grew up, graduating from Caldwell high school in 1936.
Verda married William Ray Denney, always known as Ray, in February 1937. Verda and Ray remained in the Caldwell area for the remainder of their married lives, except for one year spent in the remote mining town of Stibnite, Idaho in 1943. In 1951 they bought a farm west of Caldwell and settled there, next door to Ray's father's farm. Verda enjoyed the active life of a farm homemaker and engaged in various creative pursuits such as sewing, toll painting, and decorating cakes for the special celebrations of family members and friends.
In 1968 they retired from farming, but continued to live on the farm until moving to Caldwell in 1984. During that period they enjoyed many camping and fishing trips to nearby areas of Idaho. They also became active "rock hounds" as members of the Owyhee Gem and Mineral Society. They spent
many enjoyable days searching in remote areas of Idaho and Oregon for interesting and beautiful semiprecious stones. Verda especially enjoyed making a variety of jewelry and decorative items, often displaying them at shows in Idaho and other states.
Ray and Verda were married until Ray's passing in 1999. In 2015 Verda moved to Grace Assisted living at Englefield-Green in Boise to be near son Jerrold and daughter-In.-Law Hope. At the age of 100 years she passed away on December 3, 2018. She is survived by Jerrold and Hope, grandson Mike (Juanita), great grandson Sam, sister-in-law Jackie Waldram, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care given to Verda by the staff of Grace Assisted Living, and by the staff of First Choice Hospice during her final months of life.
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