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Vernice Mae Banner Shields was born October 31, 1918 to Delno and Lola Banner on the family farm near Ellston, Iowa and died February 5, 2013 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Victor Shields March 5, 1938 in Mount Ayr. To this union were born three children, Mary Lou Goetz of Norwalk, Gary (DeAnn) of Marion and Jerry (Norma) of Mount Ayr. Vic and Vernice farmed for most of their 69 married years on a farm near Caledonia where she enjoyed raising her garden, flowers and chickens. Vernice was a quiet lady who could usually be counted on for a single word or sentence of wit.

Vernice was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; parents; brothers; son-in-law, Benny Goetz, and grandson, Craig Shields.

Left to cherish her memory in addition to her children are five grandchildren, Scott (Cindy) Goetz of Liberty Center, Karla (Mike) Stanley of Winterset, Jenny (Rob) O’Brien of Paola, Kansas, Jody (Larry) Lipcamon of Iowa City and Todd (Alisa) Shields of North Liberty, and six great-grandchildren Kyle and Clint Stanley, Callie and Cavan O’Brien and Zachary and Ethan Shields.

Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Friday, February 8, 2013, with Pastor Bart Shields and Pastor Ed Shields officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett, Jodie Wurster and Grace Warin.

Casket bearers included Scott Goetz, Todd Shields, Mike Stanley, Rob O’Brien, Josh Shields and Larry Lipcamon.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. 

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