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Verna (Metzger) Stroup was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Willa, N.D., to Henry and Lydia (Schulz) Metzger. She passed away quietly at Valley Nursing Home during the evening of April 23, 2011, at the age of 86.

Verna grew up and graduated from high school in New Leipzig, N.D. When Verna was 18, she worked for J.C.Penney in Mott, N.D. In 1941, Verna moved with her family to Billings. On Dec 26, 1945, Verna married Searle in Billings. Shortly thereafter, she worked for Valley Motor Supply Co., where she was a loyal employee for 20 years. Verna was a member of the American Bridge League-Duplicate. She took great pride in having become a lifetime master bridge player and earned well over 1,000 master points. She was a member of First Congregational Church, American Legion Post No. 4, Billings Polka Club, Billings Elks Club and Billings Moose Club.

Verna is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Leona (Metzger) Peterson, and her brother, Orville Metzger. Verna is survived by her husband of 65 years, Searle Stroup and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Smith West Chapel. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Smith West Chapel at 304 34th St. W.

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