Verla Whiteman

Verla Whiteman, 93, of Burden, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 3, 2021 at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9 at Miles Funeral Service. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at Cambridge Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Verla’s name for Cambridge Presbyterian Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at

Born Feb. 25, 1928, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Ralph and Mattie (Bonnel) Sphar. She was raised and received her education in Cambridge, Burden and Atlanta. Verla graduated from Cambridge High School in 1946.

She was united in marriage to James “Russell” Whiteman on Dec. 10, 1945 in Winfield. The couple lived in Atlanta and Cambridge before making their home in 1993 in Burden. Verla worked in food service at Central USD 462 in Burden. She also made a career being a homemaker and housewife. Russell preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2013.

She was a member of Cambridge Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed her church family and gardening. She especially loved fishing and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents and husband, Verla was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Whiteman; a grandson, James Richard Whiteman; a granddaughter, Amy Whiteman; a great-granddaughter, Kayla McMichael; a great-great-granddaughter, Grayce McMichael; and a nephew, Chet Hendrickson.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Bartel and husband, Roger, of Cambridge, and Darlene Flegler and husband, Bill, of Ponca City, Okla.; her daughter-in-law, Dorothy Whiteman, of Cambridge; her grandchildren, Karen Bannister and husband, Les, Shawn Bartel, Marty Whiteman, Brady Bartel and wife, Missy, and Halli Paslay and husband, Preston; her sister, Jewell Hendrickson and husband, Wayne, of Garden City, Mo.; her brother-in-law, Earl Whiteman, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; her sisters-in-law, Eunice Mullen, of Oklahoma, and Arlene Otto, of Burden; her 18 great-grandchildren, Melissa (Jesse Bloomdahl) McMichael, Tyler (Maranda) McMichael, Lucas McMichael, Jeremy (Amanda Coon) Whiteman, Jasiah Johnson, Morgan Whiteman, Harper Bartel, Dalin Bartel, Scarlett Bartel, Kaylie Murry, Austin Paslay, Hayden Wolfe, Shelby, Kylie and Lane Bannister, and Kaden, Cash and Kyall Paslay; and her great-great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Fallon Bloomdahl, Chance, James, Flint and Emmalynn Whiteman, Beckett McMichael, Keagan Whiteman, and Blakely and Stella Bannister.

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