Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Vera Edna Zerbe, 92, of Wolf Point, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at her home north of Wolf Point.
She was born to George and Mattie (Potter) McGillivary on Oct. 30, 1920, near Henry, S.D. They moved from the farm to Hayes Count, Neb., when she was two years old. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior after a VBS meeting at High Ridge School when she was young.
Following graduation from Hayes County High School in 1939, she taught for one year in a rural school. She graduated from St. Paul Bible Institution in 1943 and spent nearly a year in rural missionary work in South Dakota with Stonecraft Ministries. She taught another year in a rural school, studied one semester at Fort Wayne Bible College in Indiana and then spent four years teaching grades one through four at Salem Children’s Home in Flannigan, Ill.
She married Adolph Zerbe on Dec. 7, 1950, and moved to the farm north of Wolf Point. They raised three children.
She was a member of the Bethel Wolf Point Mennonite Church and was involved in teaching children’s Sunday school classes, and directing VBS, participated in their Ladies Aid and cooked for Beacon Bible Camp. She was a 4-H leader for 32 years and spent nine years on the county extension advisory committee.
She attended the Wolf Point Christian Women’s Club where she held several positions. She also served on the Farm Bureau county board and their state women’s committee.
She enjoyed traveling, sewing, quilting, reading and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth and David; and sister, Edith.
She is survived by her husband, Adolph of Wolf Point; two sons, Mark of Hardin and Kenneth of Wolf Point; one daughter, Florine Rehr of Badger, Calif.; brothers, Donald McGillivary of Portland, Ore., and Dean McGillivary of Hillsboro, Kansas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Burial was at the Bethel Wolf Point Mennonite Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.