Verdabelle Schulz was born June 15, 1924 near Alexandria to Stephen and Clara (Sorensen) Saxton. She attended country school, helped on the family farm and then worked at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls and Methodist Hospital in Mitchell. On April 21, 1950 she married Clarence Schulz at Saint Martin Lutheran Church in Alexandria. They farmed west of Spencer for thirty-five years retiring to Mitchell in 1985. The farm site they loved was destroyed by the 1998 Spencer tornado. Verda was a 4-H leader for the Sunshine Gals 4-H Club near Farmer for many years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell where she was active in the Women’s Circle. She enjoyed being on a bowling team for many years, volunteering at the Ark and she served as local commander of the Disabled American Veterans organization.
She is survived by her daughters: Janell Peoples and Karen (Bill) Bumann of Lake Preston, brother, Wayne Saxton, Salem and sister, Ferne Brimmer, Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2003, her son, Glenn in 1979, son-in-law, Del Peoples and four brothers: Nels, Leo, Orville and Sherman.