More than 60 friends, family members and members of the library community attended a dedication ceremony at the Farber Library honoring the life and service of Vernelle Hull on Saturday, April 24.
“We all love and miss Vernell tremendously, like you all do,” said Mexico-Audrain County Library Director Christal Bruner during the presentation of a memorial bench and bronze plaque in her honor.
Hull touched the lives of many in the Farber community and surrounding areas, as she was instrumental in the establishment of the Farber Library, a branch of the Mexico-Audrain County Library. Now located at 113 W. Front St., the branch first opened in 1966 in a much smaller building with Hull as the branch manager.
In addition to the Mexico-Audrain County library director and central staff staff, library system board members Karen Mossman, Jessica Johnson Ekern, Kay Robnett, Robert Fenlon, Glenda Williams, Aggie Deimeke, Steve Sims and Connie Hesse were in attendance.
Family members present included Jerry Weber, Rachel Weber, Bailey Weber, Brooks Weber, Russel Branstetter, Diane Branstetter, Tyler Branstetter, Henry Branstetter and Beth Branstetter
During Hull’s 54-year-career, which spanned from July 1966 to February 2020, she helped get the library moved to its present location in 1997 with the help of the Farber Community Betterment Association. She also worked tirelessly to make sure the branch remained in Farber and serving the community.
“I’m glad they did this to honor her,” said Tyler Branstetter, of Joplin, one of her grandchildren. “I’m grateful.”
The betterment association was able to add $2,000 to the memorial maintenance fund that Vernelle helped establish at the group’s treasurer.
“As we stand here in Vernelle’s dream, this library, the one thing she wanted to make sure of was there’ll always be funds available to maintain the property,” said Ruth Williams, a Farber alderman and a member of the betterment association. “She worked tirelessly to raise money to build it and establish a memorial fund for building maintenance.