Verda Virlee (Hutsell) Cardin, Mountain Grove, Missouri, passed away at her home Saturday morning, November 30, 2013, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.
She was born near Dawson, Missouri, on October 1, 1921, the daughter of Everett Elmo and Audrey Eva (Young) Hutsell.
Virlee attended grammar school north of Mountain Grove and graduated from Mountain Grove High School in the class of 1939. She taught at small schools in the area, as well as Mountain Grove High School, for six years while attending State Teachers College in Springfield during the summers, graduating in 1945.
She married Audie Vernon Cardin on June 30, 1946 at her parents’ home in Rayborn, north of Mountain Grove. To this union three sons and one daughter were born. Virlee, Audie, and their family moved frequently to accommodate Audie’s career as an engineer for Exxon Oil Company. Upon Audie’s retirement in 1980, they bought a farm and left Houston, Texas, to return to the Mountain Grove area.
Virlee became a Christian early in life and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Mountain Grove where she enjoyed helping with the children’s programs. She was also a member of Sigma Gamma Theta Club. She liked to travel, read, garden, and quilt. She also enjoyed a variety of needlework projects such as knitting, crocheting, and embroidery.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend, always generously sharing her calm and gentle spirit. She could invariably find good in each person and situation. Even at the end of her battle with Parkinson’s disease she was still graciously intent on always expressing her gratitude.
Besides her parents, Virlee was preceded in death by her husband, Audie, and a son, Greg, both in 1985, and by two brothers, Harlin Kent Hutsell and Hulen Eugene Hutsell.
She is survived by her loving family including Ron and Nancy Cardin, Danny and Gina Cardin, and Cathe Cardin; grandchildren Kelly and Ashlea Cardin, Taryn and Jay Lemery, Andrew Cardin and Katy Cardin; great-grandchildren Major, Elsa, and Delaney Cardin, Maeve and Zada Lemery, and Khloe Cardin; her sisters, Vera Austin and Valera Blackwell; her brother, J.D. Hutsell and wife Wilma; sisters-in-law Winnie Hutsell and Jurea Cardin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013, in Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Gene Edwards was the speaker. Special songs were “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “The Lord’s Prayer,” sung by Nancy Doty accompanied on piano by Jeanann Reed. Serving as casket bearers were Andrew Cardin, Mike Austin, Derrick Hutsell, Kelly Cardin, Bryan Blackwell, and Gary Sweet. Burial was in Denlow Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.