BELGRADE- Verna L. Jenney, 96, passed away on September 10, 2023, with her loving family at her side. She was born in Gardiner on August 16, 1927, daughter to the late Frank L. and Pearl H. (Spear) Rich.\n\nVerna attended Hallowell High School and was in the graduating class of 1944. She began working for the State of Maine as a temporary worker, eventually earning full time employment as a key punch operator programming computers until her retirement. Verna worked for the State of Maine for 30 years.\n\nVerna Jenney was married to Douglas G. Jenney for 43 years until his passing in March 2011.\n\nIn her free time, she deeply enjoyed traveling around the United States and Europe with her husband Doug. They traveled to every state in the union except for Utah. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, reading, and spending time with family. Verna was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren’s athletic events and watching football, golf, and major league soccer on television. \n\nVerna was a very active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Shriners Widows Club, and was the Secretary for the Maine branch of the National League of Postmasters.\n\nShe is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Cole of Belgrade; stepchildren Steve Jenney of Jackman, Martha Massey and her husband, Larry, of Inverness, Florida, Spencer Jenney and his partner, Denise Gardiner, of Belgrade, Scott Jenney of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; grandson, Jason Labbe and his wife, Hazel, of Belgrade, granddaughter, Jennifer Fortin, and her husband, Greg, of Vassalboro, granddaughter, Ann Truman, of Gardiner; great-granddaughter, Savannah Clark, and her husband, Thaddeus, of Vassalboro, great-granddaughter, Sarah Labbe, of Belgrade, great-granddaughter, Emma Fortin, of Vassalboro and great-grandson, Cole Fortin, of Vassalboro. Verna is also survived by sisters-in-laws, Lucille Nickless and Judy Jenney as well as several step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.\n\nIn addition to her parents, Verna is predeceased by her brother, Donald Rich, and her son, Wilfred Labbe Jr.\n\nIn honor of Verna, there will be a graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery, Belgrade on Saturday September 23rd at 10AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.\n\nThe family would like to thank Beacon Hospice Care and a special thank you to Victoria and Amanda for their wonderful care of Verna.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Belgrade Fire and Rescue Association, PO Box 404, Belgrade, ME 04917 or to the Belgrade-Rome Special Needs Food Pantry, PO Box 236, Belgrade, ME 04917.\n\nArrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church Street, Augusta where condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website by visiting www.khrfuneralhomes.com.