Vergene Rae Clark
February 14, 1938 ~ December 5, 2013
Vergene R. Clark, 75, of Brandon, died Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home from 1:00pm to 7:00pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm; family present at 6:00. Funeral services will begin at 1:00pm, Thursday, December 12, at Celebration United Methodist Church, Brandon, with Pastor Rebecca Trefz officiating.
Vergene Rae Bullis was born February 14, 1938, to Reuben and Verda (Smith) Bullis, in Brookings, SD. She attended country school in Moody Co. and graduated from Flandreau High School. On April 12, 1958, Vergene married Glen Clark in Flandreau. The couple farmed in Moody Co. until 1972 when they moved to Brookings Co. to farm there. Vergene raised their family and worked full time for twenty years at SDSU; mostly in the Ag. Dept. Vergene and Glen retired from the farm after 32 years and moved to Brandon in 2004.
Vergene was a very active member in her church, Celebration United Methodist and previously, White UMC. She participated in the Meals on Wheels program, Bible Studies and programs at Bethany Meadows. She was very fond of covered bridges, flowers, gardening, bird watching, and puzzles. Vergene and Glen loved to dance; (mostly waltz and polka or square dance) and play Pinochle and Rummy. Glen claims he had to learn to play cards just to marry her. Vergene also loved to play cards with her grandsons. Some of their favorite memories include Vergene’s great cooking, her sugar cookies, and her homemade buns and breads.
Vergene will be deeply missed by her husband, Glen; a son, David, Brookings, and a daughter, Diane (Doug) Clark, Chanhassen, MN; three grandsons, Jacob, Justin and Joshua; three step-brothers, Merle Lamp, Sherman, Roger (Bev) Lamp, Sioux Falls, and Larry (Mary) Lamp, Hartford; five sister-in-laws, Betty Bullis, Flandreau, Mary Lou Kern, Sioux Falls, Irene (Lawrence) Barthel, Kalispell, MT, Betty Lamp, Burke, and Edith Lamp, Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
Vergene was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Verda (Smith) Bullis and step-mother Winnie Bullis; one son, Paul; a brother, Warren Bullis; and four step-brothers.