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Mrs. Verna Mae Lax

Obituary for Mrs. Verna Mae Lax

April 6, 1926 - January 5, 2021
Murray, Kentucky | Age 94


Mrs. Verna Mae Lax, age 94, of Murray, Kentucky, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at the Calvert City Convalescent Center in Calvert City, Kentucky.

She was born on April 6, 1926, in Floyd County, Kentucky to the late Benjamin Layne and Elizabeth "Bug" Terry Layne. She was a true coal miner's daughter.

Mrs. Lax was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, EH Lax, Jr.; her daughters, Deborah Denham and Karen Hart; brother, Ray Layne; as well as her sisters, Hassie Hall and Verlie Eastridge.

She is survived by her granddaughters, Stephanie McPherson and husband Mark, Kari Hilt, Jessica Tschirhart and husband Josh, and Jennifer Waller; great grandchildren, Elizabeth McPherson, Fox McPherson, Violet Hilt, Riley Hilt, Summer Hilt, Ben Tschirhart, Jane Tschirhart, Kayne Waller, and Aiden Waller; sisters, Lucille Haywood, Norma Ogdon, and Leslie Martin; son-in-law, Christopher Denham; step-daughter, Patsy Rolling and husband Gary; as well as step grandchildren, Melissa Johnson; John Houston Dulle, and Brent Dulle.

Mrs. Lax was a dedicated employee of Murray State's Winslow Cafeteria and retired as food service manager in 1986 after 26 years of service. She was a beloved member of the Russell Chapel United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Friday, January 8, 2021, at the Russell Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronnie Burkeen officiating. Burial will follow in the Russell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., on Friday, January 8, 2021, at the Russell Chapel United Methodist Church.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Russell Chapel Building Fund, 300 Woodlawn Avenue, Murray, Kentucky 42071.

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    300 Woodlawn Avenue
    Murray, KY 42071

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