Verna Louise Ady (née Arnhold)
July 24, 1918 – July 24, 2020
Verna Ady (Arnhold) passed away peacefully in Princeton, MN on May, 20, 2020.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jesse Ady, married for 60
Verna is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Pat) Ady Nelson of Zimmerman, MN
and her grandsons: Dr. Jeffrey K. Nelson of Williamsburg, VA (and wife Wendy)
and Christopher Ady Nelson of Hopkins, MN (and wife Lisa) and great-
grandchildren: Elizabeth Drenkow (Nelson) and husband Shea, Meggie Nelson,
and Jesse Nelson. She is also survived by her sister Ida Mae Haugen and many
nieces and nephews.
Verna was born in Sherburne County, MN on July 24, 1918 to parents J.H. and Ida
Minks Arnhold. She graduated from Princeton High School and attended teacher
training at St. Cloud State University. Verna married the love of her life Jesse Ady
on June 10, 1940 in Elk River, Minnesota. She lived all of her married life on the
Ady Family Farm located in Zimmerman, MN. They welcomed their daughter Pat in
1941. Verna will be remembered for her devotion to the Zimmerman Methodist
Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and youth guide, taught
bible school, was active in the woman’s society, and chaired the annual
Smorgasbord for many years – her pizza casserole was the best!
Verna moved to Princeton, MN 14 years ago. Verna was fortunate to receive loving
and devoted care from her daughter Pat for many years.
Verna lived an active life and loved every moment of it. Her favorite things were
gardening, baking, lawn care, crocheting, reading, playing Yahtzee, and doing
word puzzles. Amongst her passions was a love for world travel with her husband
Jesse. These activities were her special recipe to living independently for over 100
Verna’s love and joy was her family. Her handcrafted quilts, crocheted blankets,
and recipes will live on in our hearts. There was never a joke that she could pass
up or a funny trick she couldn’t play on us all to get a good laugh. We are blessed
to have had the time to learn, love, and laugh with Grandma Ady. She will be
A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers please share
memorials to the Freshwaters Methodist Church, Choir Fund, Princeton, MN. The
family wishes to share a special thank you to the loving staff of the Caley House
and Fairview Home Care and Hospice.