Verna Loy Starkey


Verna Loy Starkey passed away at her home in Lenexa Monday morning, March 11, 2013.  She was born on June 14, 1946 in Iola, Kansas the daughter of Verna Darlene and Lloyd Springston.  She grew up in Humbolt, Kansas.  She moved to Topeka, Kansas, in 1965 where she met Henry, her future husband.  They married in 1966 and moved to the Johnson County area in 1970 where they raised two boys, Aaron and Jason.  Verna worked at Travelers Insurance Company for 30 years.  She was a long time member of the Alpha Tau Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and the Blue Racer Ladies of the Abdallah Shrine.

Verna  is preceded in death by her father.  She leaves behind Henry Starkey of the home; two sons, Aaron with wife Suz Anne, and Jason with wife Molly, all of Olathe; mother, Verna Darlene Kaplan of Lenexa; sisters, Myrna Keplinger of Springfield, VA, and Debra Billups of Wimberly, TX; brother, Greg Springston of Shawnee; and 5 grandchildren.

Services will be held at Lenexa United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 14, at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to the Lenexa United Methodist Church or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis.


  1. Al Kaplan on March 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Sheri and I send our sincerest condolences. Verna did so much for my Dad that I cannot express what it meant to us to know that he had someone line Verna there to help him. With us not being nearby it really eased my mind that between you and her and everyone in the “new” family that we inherited when he married Verna to look after him.
    I know it will be difficult for you as I know it was for my Dad when my Mother passed away, but it does get better.
    If you need some warm weather, there’s always space at the Kaplan house in Houston.
    Al & Sheri

  2. Don & Connie Freeberg on March 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Henry: So very sorry to hear about Verna,our paryers are with you and your family.Don & Connie

  3. Margaret Billups Jameson on March 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Although; I knew Verna for a short time, it was a loving experience and she will be missed for so many friends and relatives. May God take care of our dear Verna welcoming her to her new home.

  4. Judy and Gary Clifton on March 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Henry, Jason, and Aaron and families Gary and I were so saddened by Verna’s passing. She was a wonderful wife and mother and good friend for all the years we were neighbors. Know she loved being a grandmother. Sorry that time of her life was cut too short. Our prayers are with you as you try to cope with life without her. Love to you all, Judy and Gary

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