Vallree Venoy Herring was born May 02, 1930 to Allen and Martha (Kincaid) Herring in the small community of Hochatown, OK. Venoy proudly graduated with the Broken Bow High School class of 1949, and attended as many class reunions as possible. Her post- graduation wishes of travel were underway with a trip to Pennsylvania to visit her future brother and sister-in-law, Don and Naomi Burke. There, her soulmate, Cliff Snowden, would replace her class ring with a ‘sparkler’ and they were married in Appomattox, VA on August 14th, 1954. Cliff and ‘Noisy’ and she was nicknamed, remained husband, wife and best friends until his death in May of 2011.
Noisy was a skilled quilter and seamstress but her items were never for sale. Her talent was designing baby clothes. Many infants born to her family and friends have worn onesies, tiny western shirts, or smocked dresses created and gifted with love. Venoy designed and sewed preemie baby garments long before they became an item on store shelves.
Venoy was a quiet, unassuming person, but someone you would always want in your corner. She was an intense prayer warrior, devout Christian, and had a servant’s heart. It was through a tent revival in the 1940’s that Venoy gave her heart to the Lord and introduced her new faith to her family: a core value that remains with the Herring family today. Venoy was a member of Broken Bow’s First Assembly of God church and in the early 1970’s accepted the challenge to read her Bible cover-to-cover; a tradition she maintained until her eyesight failed.
Venoy was not just a mother and grandmother to Vallree and Micah, she hosted many sleep-overs, chaperoned school and church trips and her house was usually filled with giggly girls. Whether she was in the kitchen baking cookies or listening to the girls talk about boys, she was their protector; they were loved and they were safe. Her home was open without regard to race, religion or social standing. Any one was welcome and everyone was provided with an abundance of hot chocolate and hugs, and if you left hungry it was your own fault. Her ‘open door policy’ meant you were welcome to open the refrigerator and see if there was anything that suited your fancy.
Venoy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Tony and James Earl and an older sister, Mary Echols.
Left to carry on her legacy are her daughter Vallree Womack (Tony Bryan) of Broken Bow; grandson, Micah (Annie Martineau) of Cornersville, TN; great-grandson, Connor Womack, great-granddaughter Addison Womack, and their mother Lauren Womack all of Lynnville, TN; brother, Fairland (Peggy) Herring, Branson, MO and sisters Regena (Laddie) Filak, Sulphur Springs, TX; Norma (Lee) Ver Helst, Pella, IA; Winona (Bill) Spatz, Branson, MO; Joyce (Dennis) Vander Beek, Pella, IA; and Brenda (Jim) Held of Lowell, AR. Add to her family one additional daughter who gave her laugh lines rather than stretchmarks, Diane (Meek) Graham, three sisters-in law who were loved as sisters: Naomi (Snowden) Burke, Peggy (Swift) Herring and Mattie (Richbourg) Herring and 20 surviving nieces and nephews and her many friends around the world.
There will be no visitation, but a graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 26th at the Hochatown Cemetery; the service is open to anyone.
A Viewing will be held at Brumley Funeral Home at 10:00 AM on the day of service. Friends and family wishing to follow the funeral coach to the Cemetery will need to arrive at Brumley Funeral Home by 12:45 PM.
Situations permitting, there will be a celebration of life in the early Spring.
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