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Veva Vorhies

Veva Joy (Short) Vorhies was born on a farm near Diagonal on April 23, 1930. She lived her early life with her parents Ray and Minnie (Reynolds) Short in the Diagonal/Shannon City area. She was the fourth of five surviving children. She graduated from Shannon City High School 1948 where she played girls basketball. Following graduation, she worked at the Café in Shannon.

On September 9, 1950, she married Donald (Pete) Vorhies at the Mt. Ayr Methodist parsonage. They made their home on the Vorhies family farm near Shannon where she was a farm wife and they raised their two children, Dolores and Steve. She was known for her baking. Pies, cookies and candies (especially her chocolate covered cherries) were her specialties. As a young mother, she also enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her daughter. Later in life she enjoyed doing counted cross stitch and reading. Her cross-stitched tablecloths and pictures are in many people's homes.
After Pete retired she began babysitting, where she welcomed many children into their home. Three special ones, Jason, Ryan and Janel Wortman remain close friends, often referred to as her other grandkids.

Following Pete's death in 1998 she remained on the family farmstead until moving to Tingley in 2009. She was a member of the Shannon City Community Church and served on the board for many years. Veva passed away on November 5, 2017.

She is survived by her two children, Dolores (Bob) Gullikson of Omaha and Steve (Rosanne) Vorhies of Red Oak; two beloved grandsons, Mike Gullikson of Omaha and Nathan Vorhies (Raychel) of Olathe, KS; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Avery Vorhies of Olathe; brother, Richard (Becky) Short of Colorado Springs; sisters Pauline Meeker of South Carolina and Elma (Fred) Stickel of Colorado Springs; niece, Karen Carlson of Lenox and nephew Britt Minson of Creston; special friends Roger and Carol Wortman, Jason, Ryan and Janel; along with many other nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Veva was preceded in death by her husband Pete; parents, Ray and Minnie Short; parents-in-law Walter and Beulah Vorhies; brother-in-law and sister Howard and Edna Vorhies; sister-in-law Billie Short; brothers-in-law Earl Curran and Russ Meeker; nephew Bob Curran, and special family friend Ed Fletcher.

Services: 11:00 am – Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Shannon City Community Church
Officiant: Pastor David MacDonald
Visitation: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Thurs., Nov. 9 at the Shannon City Community Church
Burial: Oakland Cemetery - Shannon City, IA
Memorial: Oakland Cemetery - Shannon City, IA

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I enjoyed Veva. When she lived in TIngley, she would hire me to do some work for her. We look forward to seeing Veva alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Nov 8 2017 12:00 AM

We are all thinking about you and your family Dee. Your mother was a beautiful woman. Sending love, prayers and hugs your way.

Danielle Robertson Nov 8 2017 12:00 AM

Delores and Steve, so sorry to hear about your mom. I'll miss visiting her when I'm in Iowa. God bless you and your families.

Kathy (Hailey) McMeans Nov 8 2017 12:00 AM

Dee, So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.

Stan Steffen and Lisa Lane Nov 7 2017 12:00 AM

Sending you heartfelt sympathy.

Kirk & Paula Hansen Nov 6 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We love you Dee (and family).

Matthew & Brandi Ronk Nov 6 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to the family of Veva, She was such a great lady. Rest in peace Veva Vorhies

Eric Nov 6 2017 12:00 AM