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Vernice DeVries

September 25, 1934 — December 9, 2017

Vernice DeVries lived a life of never ending love, grace, and courage. Her strength was an inspiration to everyone that she touched. Being an incredibly hard worker, she loved others with her heart, hands, and feet, constantly giving to anyone she could. Unfortunately, in her later years she faced decades of pain as her body deteriorated from rheumatoid arthritis. She was never discouraged, even while in the nursing home, in pain, unable to walk, and barely able to use her hands, she continued to love and care for others with her encouragement, grace, and humor. In the middle of all her struggles, even to the end, when asked how she was doing, she would say, "I am good!", and she was very right. Yes, Vernie DeVries was good, very, very good.  If you knew her, you knew you had been blessed.

Vernice A. DeVries, 83, Breckenridge, MN passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 in CHI St. Francis Nursing Home, Breckenridge.  The Funeral Service will be Friday, December 15, 11:00 am at Evergreen United Methodist Church, Wahpeton, with Rev. Jen Tyler officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 PM to 7 PM with a 7 PM Prayer Service at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton and one hour before the service at the Church on Friday. Inurnment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton.

Vernice Audrey Berg was born September 25, 1934 near Mooreton, ND, the daughter of Bennie and Katie (Rosie) (Nelson) Berg. She attended rural school and graduated from Galchutt High School. Vernie was united in marriage to Dale (Bud) DeVries on October 5, 1952. The couple lived in several places until they made their home in Wahpeton in 1964. Vernie worked at NDSCS for 13 years until retiring in 1990 due to medical reasons. She entered St. Francis Nursing Home, Breckenridge in 2015.

Vernie is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dale (Bud), Breckenridge; a son and a daughter: Dean (Andrea) DeVries, Burnsville, MN; Sherri (Marston) Metcalf, Breckenridge; six grandchildren: Dean (Jenny Anderson) Johnson, Ryan (Kari Oslowski) Johnson, Cody (Rachel) Metcalf, Aly (Aaron) Stone, Isaac DeVries and Gia Lotz; three great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Johnson, Colten Johnson and Elliott Stone; a sister, Norma Salquist, Fargo, ND and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Clayton Berg, Arvin Berg, Raymond Berg; three sisters: LuVern Jones, Delores Hendrickson and Isabelle Staples.




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