March 13, 1924 – June 30, 2020
Verna Hazel Dennon passed away on June 30th at her home in Gering with her children at her side. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 6th at Gering West Lawn Cemetery at 11:00 AM with Pastor Craig Collins officiating. Verna was born March 13, 1924 in Rushville NE to Bill and Myrtle Taylor. She spent the majority of her childhood on farms in the northern panhandle. She graduated from Clinton High School where she met the love of her life, Ted Dennon. She married Ted November 12 1940 prior to Ted traveling to Europe to fight in WWII. After the war, the couple made their home in Alliance, and then Gering. Verna worked at Montgomery Wards for 17 years. She and Ted then moved back to Alliance where they purchased the Zesto. They later also purchased Big John’s Bar B Que Pit in Scottsbluff and they ran both businesses until their retirement. After their retirement they returned to Scottsbluff and then back to Gering. Verna loved gardening and cooking. Her love for cooking brought joy to everyone who ate her food, whether in one of their restaurants, or at her home. Her gardens brought joy to all who had the pleasure of seeing them. Verna is survived by her son Garry Dennon of Windsor CO, daughter Karen (Dan) Murphy of Mitchell NE, daughter Patricia Anderson of Gering NE, sister-in-law Elizabeth Taylor of Alliance NE, 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ted, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and her granddaughter Hallie Anderson. She will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Monday, July 6, 2020
July 9, 2020
My mom used to visit Zesto everyday to get a Pepsi slush. Her fondness for Pepsi slushes led to my very first job at Zesto working with Mrs. Dennon. She was tough but I learned some of the most important life lessons from her...having a good work ethic being one. Through time, we became friends and had some of the best conversations about life while eating her strawberry pie.
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a special lady and I feel lucky to have known her. God Bless.
July 8, 2020
The people of Alliance really missed them when they left. Zesto was never the same. My husband, daughter and I so enjoyed their cooking and ice cream. Just last month my daughter and I shared our memories with her family about the yummy hot dogs and flavorful sundaes. Rest in peace Mrs. Dennon . Enjoy your reunion with your husband. Darlene Johnson former Alliance resident now living in Torrington.
Rhonda (Gilliam) Brower
July 3, 2020
Prayers to family. I thought of her often as I worked on our family genealogy.