Veva Vaune McCown Tigner, 89

Published 10:21 am Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Veva Vaune McCown Tigner, 89, of Austin, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Cedars of Austin where she resided.

Veva Tigner

Veva was born on July 29, 1921, at Coal, Mo., the daughter of Tom and Carrie (Lionberger) McCown. She graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton, Mo., in 1939. During the war, Veva worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan. She met and was married to R.J. Tigner during this time; they were later divorced.

Veva’s passions in life were her music, family and friends. While in high school, she sang with quartets and choirs as well as the church choir. In 1959, the family moved to Austin where Veva worked in retail sales with the Marvin’s Apparel and Stevenson’s stores. In 1966, she was named department manager and went to work for the “new” Sears Store that was built. She was transferred to a new Sears Store in Madison, Wis., in 1971, where she worked until retiring in 1985. While in Madison, she sang with the Sweet Adelines chorus and quartets. In retirement, she returned to Austin and again joined the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church. Veva began working part time at Bonnie’s Hallmark where she stayed for 16 years until failing eyesight caused her to stop in 2004.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lloyd McCown of Hope, Ark., and the children’s father, R.J. Tigner of Des Moines, Iowa.

Veva is survived by her son, Randy Tigner of Austin; daughter, Carole Sue White, Austin; grandchildren, Troy Tigner of Austin, Jason Furness of Pontiac, Mich., Carrie White of Martinsburg, W.V., Leslie Kennedy of St. Paul, Tom Olson of Burnsville, Minn., eight great-grandchildren and many friends.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marilee A. Benson officiating. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the music department of the First United Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.