Vonna Glyndean (Hardy) Ragan
Vonna Glyndean (Hardy) Ragan
July 19, 1929 - Sept. 6, 2019
BENKELMAN, Neb. ó Vonna Glyndean (Hardy) Ragan was born July 19, 1929, to Frank K. and Lola A. (Henderson) Hardy, at the home of her great-grandparents in Stratton, Neb.
Vonna attended grade school at the Eden Country School, and graduated from Stratton High School in 1946. After graduation, Vonna, continued her education at the Barnes Business School in Denver, Colo.
Vonna married Seth D. Ragan on May 23, 1948, at her parentís home north of Stratton. Seth was in the military and Vonna became a military wife and a year later they started their family. During the military years they lived in the following places: Cheyenne, Wyo.; Bird City, Kan.; Mount Clemens, Mich.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; San Antonio, Texas; Aurora, Colo.; Merced, Calif.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Merkel, Texas and Tucson, Ariz. Upon Sethís retirement, they returned to a farm south of Trenton and later moved to a farm north of town before moving to the Ragan Family Farm north of Stratton, in 1983.
Vonna was employed by H&R Block for the 1970 tax season and then opened her own tax preparing business, Ragan Tax Service, the following season, that she operated until 1998. She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. Vonna taught several Bible classes including a ladyís Bible study with assignments. She also developed a Bible Alphabet Train to teach the Bible to children. Vonna caught the genealogy bug in the later years and did lots of research and produced several genealogical catalogs. The bug took Vonna and Seth on many research trips.
Vonna passed away Friday morning, Sept. 6, 2019, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Nursing Home in Benkelman. Vonna was 90 years of age.
Survivors include daughter, Elizabeth Burr and husband, Terry, of Wichita, Kan., son, Larry Ragan and wife, Gail of Elizabeth, Colo., daughter, Connie Renfro and husband, Dennis, of Stratton, daughter, Deborah League and husband, Denis of Stratton and daughter, Linda Schinnerer and husband, Mark, of Carlsbad, N.M.; grandchildren, Ryan Burr, Amy (Burr) Packer, Matthew Ragan, Michael Ragan, Heath Renfro, Luke Renfro, Austin Renfro, Derik League, Dustin League, Stephanie (Schinnerer) Ybaben, Jessica ( Schinnerer) Rebber and Craig Schinnerer; 29 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bernie Klein of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Lucile Hardy of Akron, Mary Lou Hardy of Henderson, Tenn., and Carolyn Hardy of Stratton, Neb.
Vonna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Seth; brothers, Delbert Hardy, Neil Hardy, and George Hardy; brothers-in-law, Clement Ragan and Kenneth Ragan; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Ragan) Klein, Juanita Ragan and Norma Ragan.
Funeral services will be Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2019, 2 p.m. (CT), at the Stratton Church of Christ, Stratton, with Randy Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Stratton.
Visitation is today, Sept. 9, until 6 p.m. (CT), at the Stratton Church of Christ.
A memorial has been established to the Grandview Senior Center of Stratton.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Benkelman Memorial Chapel entrusted with arrangements.