Verlene E. McCoy Gourley

Verlene Gourley Current Photo0001Verlene Evelyn McCoy Gourley of Moscow.

At the age of 80 years old, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 7, 2016 in Pullman.

She was born to Otto and Veneta McCoy on April 17, 1936 in Moscow. She grew up and went to school in Moscow and Palouse, graduating from Palouse High School.

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 She married the love of her life, Gordon Gourley July 21, 1956 at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene.   Verlene was a devoted wife and mother of two boys and homemaker.  She tried her hand at fishing, hunting, river rafting and motor cycles.  Verlene was a quilter, knitter and seamstress.  Gordon and Verlene enjoyed camping, travelling and after retirement especially enjoyed their winters in Arizona.  Verlene attended the Nazarene Church in Palouse and Moscow, and taught Sunday School class for small children.

Verlene was preceded in death by her mother and father and older brother Oba McCoy.  She is survived by her husband Gordon at the family home, two sons: Gale (Tracie) Gourley and Gene Gourley, three grandsons; Michael, Aaron and David, and two brothers; Jay (Marva) McCoy and Lee (Kathi) McCoy all of Moscow.

The memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 15th at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene. A luncheon and time of remembrance will follow in the church fellowship hall.

The family suggests memorials be made to The Hope Center, P.O. Box 8622, Moscow, ID 83843.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

12 Responses to Verlene E. McCoy Gourley

  1. phil and Shirley Tenwick says:

    Gorden and family, we are so sorry to hear that Verlene has passed away, she is now with God, out of all pain.
    Our prayers for all of you, Shirley and Phil Tenwick

    • Gordon J Gourley says:

      Phil and Shirley, thank you for your thoughts, she thought a lot of both of you and was concerned for your health. She leaves a large void in the family, but we could not wish her any other place, she is at peace.


  2. Jackie Knight says:

    Gordon and family,

    I’m sorry very sorry for your loss. Verlene was such a wonderful lady. My prayers are with you.

    • Gordon J Gourley says:

      Thank you Jackie, she thought the world of you. Both of us did, you were an inspiration at WSU.

      God Bless.


  3. Doyle Harris says:

    Gordon and All,
    I was so hurt when I heard the news. At least we can know she is in a much better place waiting for our times. I pray the Lord’s blessings in your life and that he helps you all in these times. We all loved her. She was such a special lady. I can hear her sweet giggle now. Do take care and my best to you all.

    • Gordon J Gourley says:

      Thanks Doyle.

      She filled a special place in our hearts too. She will be greatly missed, but like you say, she ouldn’t be in a better place.

      Would love to see you again, been a long time, the kids are always talking about you and fun times.


  4. Linda and Dwight Swanson says:

    Gordon & Family
    We are saddened to hear of Verlene’s passing. She was such a lovely person. We remember her as always having a smile and a way of making a person feel special.

    • Gordon says:

      Linda and Dwight, thank you for your concern, yes she had a great smile, and that is how I remember her too. She leaves a great empty space. Her pain is gone, we enjoyed her while we had her and she is singing with the angels.


  5. Rick Coomer says:

    Gordon and family

    We are saddened by the news of Verlene’s passing. She holds a special place in our hearts. So many years have passed so quickly, Our deepest condolences.

    Rick Coomer and the Coomer family

    • Gordon J Gourley says:

      Thank you Rick, and family.

      We have kind of lost track over the years, good to hear from you, you are on our minds and prayers quite often,

      We will remember the good times, and times of joy.

      We have a blank spot in our lives right now.

      Blessings to you all.


  6. Barbara Webber says:

    Gordon, so sorry for your loss. She was a neat gal & my friend. will miss her always. my prayers go out to you & the family.

    • Gordon Gourley says:

      Thanks, Barb, I haven’t been paying attention to this site, sorry for the long delay.

      We miss her bright smile in the family. Big empty space there. Most everything is a memory. Good memories, no regrets.

      God bless.


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