Graveside services were held on Nov. 26 for Venore M. Deisman, 89, of Strathmore. She passed away on Nov. 22.

She was one of those special individuals in this world that people remember, whether one met her only once, or was lucky enough to be a close friend. All those who loved her will greatly miss her friendly smile, kind encouragement, and zest for life. She lived a long life of 89 years, and until the last her eyes sparkled and she voiced her opinion.

She lived in Strathmore for 54 years, but she was born in San Saba, Texas to Sam and Maude McMillin. She and her husband, Jack Deisman, relocated to California and eventually settled in Strathmore with their children, Ann (Deisman) Selby and Bill Deisman. She became Postmaster of the Strathmore Post Office in April of 1961 by presidential appointment by John F. Kennedy. Her 28 years in the Post Office enabled her to make many close friends and acquaintances in the community. She was an active member of the Strathmore Women's Club, Garden Club, Friends of the Library, National Association of Postmasters and other organizations.

Following her retirement, she pursued an avid interest in travel. She planned outing for friends and the "Widow-Women" as she called them, to go to lunch, musicals, jazz concerts, museums, or beautiful gardens throughout the state. This woman loved a good road trip, but she also explored most of the world and always had a great story to tell about some adventure. Her last few trips in the '90s were to Canada, Hong Kong and Paris, France. No matter where she visited, be it Australia, Romania, Macao or Washington, D.C., she would speak about the people she met.

People were important to her. She never missed an opportunity to express her feelings of pride in another's accomplishments, to listen, to offer a compliment, or to help someone in any way that she could. Her sincerity touched everyone that she knew. Anyone who knew her knew she was a good resource for information and would ask her advice. She was constantly reading and if she didn't know an answer, she would discover it if possible. She loved to explore an antique shop, garage sale or flea market looking for collectibles, especially dolls. Her pies, fudge and fruitcake were hoarded and fought over at family gatherings. A visit to her often meant leaving with a bouquet of flowers from her yard, homemade jelly, magazines and newspaper clippings that you needed to read.

Preceding her in death are her beloved husband, Jack Deisman in 1966, her parents and brothers, her grandson, Barry Selby, and many good friends.

Her family celebrating her life are Ann and Bud Selby of Camp Nelson; Bill and Kathryn Deisman of Strathmore; Wayne and Billie Dunn of Porterville; grandchildren, Larry Selby, Mari (Deisman) and Robert Ibbs, Jason and Chanda Deisman of Visalia; great-grandchildren, Brennan and Laurel Ibbs and Jayden and baby-on-the-way, Deisman.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Venore's memory to the donor's favorite charity.

Arrangements were under the direction of Webb-Sanders Funeral Home, Lindsay.

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