Verti Lee Chaffins, 79

Verti Lee Chaffins, 79, of Bourbonnais, formerly of St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in the emergency room at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill.

She was born on Nov. 26, 1932, in Mousie, Ky., the daughter of Edgle and Cordie (Tuttle) Wicker, and they preceded her in death.

On Feb. 13, 1947, she married Richard Chaffins, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2005.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Manago of Momence, Ill., and Norma (Eric) Prather of Bourbonnais, Ill.; her son, Charles (RoseAnn) Chaffins of Sidney; her sister, Evelyn (Joe) Hale of Dayton; two brothers, Clyde (Connie) Wicker of St. Marys and Bud (Shirley) Wicker of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

Verti was preceded in death by two brothers, Palmer Slone and William Lee Wicker; one sister, Margaret Slone; a son-in-law, Francisco Manago.

Verti had worked for Carter Wallace in Momence, Ill., and also Baker and Taylor in Momence. She had previously worked at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta.

She enjoyed playing bingo and buying scratch off lottery tickets. She loved spending time with her family.

She was a member of the Garden of Love Old Regular Baptist Church in St. Marys.

Funeral rites will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys,  with the Rev. Gary Mosley officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where memorial gifts may be made to the wishes of the Chaffins family.

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