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Visitation At The Church

First United Methodist Church
Thursday December 5th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Funeral Service

First United Methodist Church
Thursday December 5th, 2019

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Graveside Service

Rose Lawn Cemetery
Friday December 6th, 2019

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Trudy Jelf Vernon


Trudy Jelf Vernon, age 70, with profound sadness, we announce the December 1, 2019 passing of Trudy, our loving and magical mother and beloved friend, to all whose lives she touched.  She left us peacefully after a 3 year war with cancer. Born along the Clinch River in Tazewell, VA, Trudy is a graduate of Virginia High School, Emory & Henry College, and the Medical College of Virginia (MCV).  Trudy lived a life during which she embraced every day with gusto. She was an avid card player and a member of both Bridge and Duplicate clubs. She was also a life-long bowler, participating in league and tournament play.  A master baker, Trudy enjoyed creating culinary traditions with homemade cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes and her Christmas kringle, and as an accomplished gardener, she also loved both growing vegetables and flowers which she would then can and press.  

Trudy’s work life was dedicated to taking care of others.  She enjoyed many roles within the medical field, including intensive care nursing, emergency & ambulatory transport, medical support to the U.S. Merchant Marine.  Trudy worked to create the skilled care nursing unit at Smyth County Community Hospital and then served for 20 years with the Smyth County Ambulance Service, retiring in 2016.

Most of all, Trudy was devoted to family.  She is a treasured mother to David Vernon and wife Jennifer of Ashburn, VA; Neal Vernon and wife Nancye of Columbia, SC; and Anna Vernon Bowman and husband Dustin of Marion, VA; and the beloved grandmother to 9 grandchildren, Lily Bowman, Lucas Vernon, Samuel Bowman, Alana Vernon, Miles Vernon, Clara Vernon, Jackson Vernon, Riley Vernon, & Eliza Vernon.  Trudy is also survived by her brother William E. Jelf III and his daughters, Mary & Mollie, and her sister-in-law Sandy Jelf and her children Greg & Tonya.  

Trudy was preceded in death by her father, William Engert Jelf, a former Methodist minister for the Holston Conference; mother, Anna Katherine Jelf, a former Director of Religious Education; brother Samuel McPherson Jelf, and sister-in-law Linda Jelf.

Her life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32: “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ”.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center and Dr. Cheryl Carlson, Francis Marion Manor’s 2nd Floor Nursing Staff, and Dr. Robert Van Clampitt.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Graveside services will be held Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory at 10:15 a.m. to process to the cemetery.

To share memories or condolences with the family of Trudy Jelf Vernon, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Trudy’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion Va. 24354.

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Our deepest condolences to Trudy's family. She was a talented and caring person and always fun to be with in our duplicate bridge club. Betty and Harold Mane

Betty and Harold Mabe Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

Im so very sorry to hear about my friends passing, she was an incredible person, she will be greatly missed. Vernon Family and friends, I pray that God wraps his arms around each one of you and gives you comfort and strength during this extremely difficult time. God bless you all.

Revonda Welch Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

I am truly very sorry for your loss. She was a great friend, nurse and very kindhearted lady. I first met Trudy at Laurel Springs Methodist Church, when I was young. I thought what a beautiful lady with a wonderful smile. She never met a stranger. She taught me at Wytheville RN program. She was a true blessing to have her, teach me. She accomplished much in her life. She was so proud and loved her children. The world lost a sweet, kind caring person. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless and be with you.

Sheila Reedy Hagy Dec 3 2019 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Trudy was a one of a kind. My heart goes out to each of the family members. Hold on to memories for they are so precious. May the Mighty God we serve comfort and lift you up during this time of grief. Please know that the Thweatt family is thinking and praying for you.

Deborah and Melvin Thweatt Dec 3 2019 12:00 AM

Trudy was a wonderful lady I've known her through bowling and softball and she was my dear friend she will be missed until we meet again my friend !!!

Regina Talbert Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

Dolly & l both send our thoughts & prayers to Trudys family, so sorry for your loss

Randy & Dolly Barker Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Trudy Vernon

Randy & Dolly Barker Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

I am so so sorry to hear the loss of Trudy. She was a wonderful and caring person with the heart of gold. She was a wonderful landlord to Kenny and I and we loved her as if she was our family. My her memory live on forever. She will be missed. We are here for you Anna and Dustin. Patricia Brower

Patricia Brower Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

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