Lorene Vernis (Delay) was born October 21, 1919 to Lola Maude (Kerns) Delay and Guy Wilbur Delay in Rural Stevens County, the oldest of 3 girls and 2 boys.\n\nGrowing up during the dust bowl, Lorene attended four different schools and graduated from Elkhart High School in 1940.\n\nBefore she married, Lorene owned a ladies clothing store, the Band Box, with her future mother-in-law. She also taught school for a time.\n\nLorene and Earl Ray White were married January 31, 1950 in Clayton, New Mexico. After they married, they moved to northern Morton County to farm and raise a family. Lorene and Ray had 6 children, and the home was full of fun and laughter.\n\nShe was a member of the Elkhart church of the Nazarene and taught young adult Sunday school for many years.\n\nLorene loved quilting and crocheting, making many gifts for her family. She was an avid gardener, planting flowers and a garden every year she was able. Birdwatching was another favorite activity. \n\nIn her later years, Lorene told of her experiences during the Dust Bowl for a documentary by the PBS network, and portions of that interview were used in the movie Interstellar.\n\nAfter a full and happy life, Lorene passed away on May 30, 2022 in the Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, KS.\n\nShe is survived by her daughter, Kathi Morgan and husband Don of Elkhart; daughter-in-law, Donna of Sublette, KS; sons, Gerald "Gary" Wayne White and wife Debra of Richfield, KS; Jeffery Earl White and wife Debra of Sublette, KS; and Timothy Dean White and wife Connie of Elkhart, KS; 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Ray White; sons, Michael Ray White and Jimmy David White; and grandson, Trevor Joel White.\n\nVisitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 2 at the Elkhart church of the Nazarene, Elkhart, KS. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.\n\nFuneral service will be 10:00 am Friday, June 3 at the Elkhart Church of the Nazarene with Keith Davis officiating. Interment will be at the Elkhart Cemetery immediately following the service.\n\nMemorial contributions can be made payable to the Elkhart Church of the Nazarene or the Morton County Museum in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be left online at WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com. \nTo send flowers to the family of Lorene Vernis White (Delay), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.