Martha Jane Verner Anderton

by Lynn McMillen
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Martha Jane Verner Anderton of Sheffield, Alabama, passed away on June 14, 2024 at her home with family beside her. She was born on December 11,1952, in Lubbock, Texas, to James Walter and Velma Davis Verner.

Jane graduated from Diboll High School, Diboll, Texas, in 1971. She attended Wesley College in Mississippi. Jane was proficient in and mastered countless skills in the fields of medical, insurance and computer office management, printing, phlebotomy, child welfare, and education administration, in both Texas and Alabama, with her last position as Kilby School Secretary. Throughout her life, she was affiliated with Congregational Methodist and Nazarene churches. She led her life in service to God and her churches, and in helping those with whom she came in contact. Jane filled many posts in her churches, as a Sunday school teacher, choir and praise team member, pianist, missionary group leader, just to name a few. She was a real asset and would do anything requested.

Jane was a vibrant and lively personality. She loved a good debate, and would argue with a signpost; and she would proudly agree with that statement. She enjoyed visiting with friends and family. She also enjoyed dogs, children, singing, church camps, giving instructions, and knowing things. She endured through a multitude of severe health issues for a lot of years, but always trusted that God had a plan. Her will to overcome and survive was strong, and she persevered. Her family will miss her greatly.

Jane is survived by her husband of 50 years, Merrell Anderton of Sheffield, Alabama, her sisters, Mary Mitchell of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Carolyn Wines (Darren) of Lake Jackson, Texas, sister-in-law Betty Verner of Lufkin, Texas, Nephews and nieces, Craig & Shannon Verner, Tim Verner, Wanda & Paul Edwards, Sharon & Vance Maddox, June & Glenn Merritt, David & Suzie Verner, Jason & Ashley Verner, Matt & Sarah Verner, Cynthia & Will Pounds, Stephen Mitchell, and numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces. In addition, Jane is survived by her “family-in-love” through marriage, mother Jewel Anderton, sisters Karen & Tim Hargrove, Donna & Shawn Sellers, brother Mark & Leeann Anderton, and each of their families.

Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Walter & Velma Verner, brother & sister-in-law Kenneth & Laura Verner, brother Gerald Verner, sister & brother-in-law Naomi & Ron Brimhall, brother-in-law Roy Mitchell, father-in-law James Anderton, brother-in-law Joel Anderton.

Memorial services will be held in Alabama and Texas.

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