Verna Lathrop Kernas life story began with birth on a small dairy farm near the village of Greenwood, Illinois on the first day of November 1927. As a farm girl, later living in Greenwood village, she was the younger (by six years) sister of one brother, parented by a skilled carpenter-cabinet maker and a mother who viewed life pessimistically A young high-school gym teacher left seeds of womenas worth within some of her students, and the athletically talented and able student, Verna, took that potential to heart. First of her extended family to propose going to college, her mother asked aOn what, buttons?a Noafully on her own personal earnings (from work as bank teller, factory worker, employed student living in cooperative housing), she went off to the University of Illinois. A blind date in her sophomore year brought together the two who would share 66 years of their livesaending with her death in 2013. Always physically activeatennis, sailing, biking, jogging; scholarlyahighest ranking in her college class; innovativeacreated academic-advising program in her Iowa State University department; wife and motheratwo children, three grandchildren, all high achievers; care-giver to an aged motherawho lived 300 miles away; herself a winner over five forms of cancer; lover, companion, and fellow-traveler/sometimes resident with Bob (the blind date) in far places on four continents and islands of the Pacific.... neighborhood: Bobby on his tricycle, Barby ina stroller, and the parentsa sometimes one sometimes bothawatching over the atravels. ... Ittook littletime in spring weather forthe 4yearold tomaster operation of Nelly Belle: forward, backward, sharp turns, etc. ... It was anew 14inch Schwinn bike, first with training wheels.
|Author||:||K. Robert Kern|
|Publisher||:||Xlibris Corporation - 2014-05-12|