In Memory of

Verla Ruby Klaessy

March 9, 1929 - December 16, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Verla Ruby Klaessy

Verla Ruby Klaessy

Born: March 9, 1929
Died: December 16, 2019
Age: 90

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     Verla Ruby Ayres Klaessy, was born to Verla Mildred (Brewer) and Ralph Ayres on March 9, 1929, near Gillett Grove, IA. She grew up on a farm near Spencer and went to Harmony country school. She attended high school in Greenville and Spencer, graduating in 1946. She then went on to William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

     She married Earl Klaessy on August 8, 1948 at the First Baptist Church in Spencer. After 65 years of marriage, Earl went to his eternal home on January 4, 2014. They were blessed with two children: Kim Marie and James Earl. They enjoyed traveling, camping, mountain climbing, visiting all 50 states, Canada, Europe and Israel.

     She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at Clay County National Bank and Cornwall and Cornwall. She spent her later years with the Spencer School in the Lincoln School Library. Verla was active in first Baptist Church for many years as an organist and various opportunities. She was the local director of Child Evangelism Fellowship classes for several years. As an author, she was published in several books and magazines. She enjoyed art, especially watercolor.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters in infancy, Velma Marie and Carol Jean and her husband, Earl.

     Verla is survived by her daughter, Kim (DuWayne) Oden; her son, James; her grandchildren: Craig Oden, Eric Oden and Emily Oden and Craig’s children: Craig Michael, Blake and Brooklyn.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Curtis Batschelet
Craig Oden
Blake Oden
Craig Oden
Carl Campbell
Mark Campbell
Brian Campbell
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Congregational Hymns
"I Know Whom I Have Believed"
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
Northlawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa

Following the graveside service, there will be refreshments served back at the church.


Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“I was a good friend of Verla at Wm.”
- Howard frederick Schug
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 8:57 AM
“Remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you comfort !!!
- Rhonda Olson
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 9:01 AM
“James, So sorry to hear about your mom .She was a wonderful lady. I'll never forget how She and your Dad were so welcoming to me when I first moved to town. I know she will be missed. May you find Peace in knowing that she is reunited with your Dad in Heaven. ”
- Joy DeWall
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM
“So sorry for the loss of this special lady in your life. You were lucky to shared special times with her. And lucky you took your kids to get to know her. Hugs to you friend”
- Julie Kneifl
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:47 AM
“Kim, I'm so very sorry to hear your Mom has passed. She was a sweet lady. At this time of year she is going to spend Christmas with Jesus, her savior. It will be hard, as I too lost my Mom in August. Hold your memories close. Sincerely, Coreen. ”
- Coreen Boernsen
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“So sorry to hear Craig she a be lady. RIP Grandma Ruby ”
- Kathy Alvarez
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