Verna L. Malcuit

Verna Luella Doelz Malcuit, passed from life to life eternal surrounded by family, friends and Hospice staff members at her home in Lansing, Kan., on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.

She was born Dec. 2, 1945, in Leavenworth, to Robert and Cornelia Doelz.Verna attended local schools and graduated from Immaculate High School in 1963. She married Renee Malcuit in 1966. After graduating from high school, Verna went to live and work at Meyer Remount Farm and started down a road that she would remain on for the rest of her life. While at Meyer Remount Farm, she showed around the Midwest in Hunter/Jumper shows with an emphasis on the Jumper.

In 1973, she went to work at English Squire Farm and with her brought the same dedication and tenacity that she instilled in her students. Many that rode there with her went on to become valued members of the horse industry, including a member on the US Olympic equestrian team.

Verna was a charter member of the Kansas Hunter Jumper Association and a longtime member of the Ft Leavenworth Hunt. She enjoyed introducing her students to the joys of foxhunting.

Long before Nike used it as their slogan Verna coined the term, "Just do it!" as all the students she coached throughout the years can attest. After leaving English Squire Farm, Verna went to work in the various other occupations but continued to instruct and inspire. Later in life Verna become an active and devout member of the Cornerstone Church of Leavenworth. She found comfort in her renewed faith and the friendships she made there. She will be greatly missed by those that knew her and loved her. She is survived by her sons, Ray Malcuit of Leavenworth and Marc Malcuit of the home; a brother, William Doelz and his wife Vonda. of Warsaw, Mo.; a sister, Mary Madison and brother-in-law, Harold Kelly of Leavenworth; and many cousins, nephews and their families. She was proceeded in death by her parents, one brother, Edward Madison, and her companion of 23 years, Lonnie Rush. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home followed by a luncheon. Contributions can be made to the Leavenworth Foxhunters Association c/o 25192 187th St. Leavenworth, KS 66048