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Verna McCollum

Verna J. McCollum, 45, Dickinson, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at her home as the result of an accident. Verna's funeral service is at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2008, at Break Forth Bible Church, Dickinson, with the Rev. Pep Waples officiating....

Verna J. McCollum, 45, Dickinson, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at her home as the result of an accident.

Verna's funeral service is at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2008, at Break Forth Bible Church, Dickinson, with the Rev. Pep Waples officiating.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, and continues one hour prior to service at the church on Monday.

Verna was born Dec. 20, 1962, in Chester, Mont., to Vernon and Beverly (Falla) Moog.

She attended elementary school and three years of high school at Inverness, Mont.

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She graduated in 1981 at J.I. High School in Joplin, Mont.

While in high school, she was very active in sports, including basketball, track and gymnastics.

She graduated in 1983 from Northern Montana College in Havre, Mont., with a degree in paralegal.

Following her graduation from high school, she worked at Glasgow, Mont., for a time, then as a nanny in Boston.

She also worked for awhile for the Coast Guard in Boston.

After two years in Boston, Verna returned to Montana where she lived in Chester and worked as a paralegal.

Here, she met her future husband, Brian McCollum, and they were married on April 8, 1995.

Brian and Verna moved to Dickinson in July 1997. Verna was active in her children's lives and activities, such as, 4-H, Showdeo, rodeo, saddle clubs and helping in their schools when possible.

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She enjoyed tending to and caring for their animals and the ranch.

Visiting with her family, shopping "browsing," horse sales and shows brought great enjoyment.

She is survived by her husband, Brian; their three children, Andrew, Heather and Christa McCollum, all of Dickinson; three step-children, Jamie, Jessica and Jennifer; her parents Vernon and Beverly (Falla) Moog, Inverness, Mont.; 11 brothers and sisters, Ken (Lita) Moog, Joplin, Mont., Patty (Dave) Burleson, Hill City, S.D., Rita (Greg) Davis, Missoula, Mont., Lorraine Moog, Havre, Mont., Debbie Moog, Billings, Mont., Angie (Gene) Cantley, Great Falls, Mont., Joe Moog, Billings, Mont., Chris Moog, Suwannee, Ga., Tony (Tiffany) Moog, Clancy, Mont., Nick Moog, Inverness, Mont., and Julie Moog, Englewood, Colo.; brother-in-law, Randy Wasson and family, Topeka, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Verna was preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents, J.M. and Eva Falla and Otto and Irene Moog; and sister, Rosanne Wasson, in 1999.

(Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson)

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