It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother on February 22, 2013 at the age of 95 surrounded by her loving family.
Vera was born on September 22, 1917 in Melville, Saskatchewan to Edna Amelia and Arthur Philip Atkins – the third of six children. She spent her childhood in Gravelbourg and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 1940 she married the love of her life, Alfred Ben-Dal Yeager and they made their home in Cranbrook shortly after. She fell in love with “those beautiful mountains” and never tired of their splendour.
Vera was predeceased by her loving husband of 59 years, Alfred, her son Kenneth, her sisters Audrey and Marjorie and her brother Stan.
Vera is survived by her two sisters Phyllis and Vivian as well as her children Roger (Della) Yeager, Judy (Peter) Siegenthaler, Linda (Bruce) Belding, Steve Yeager and Ken’s widow Yvonne and her family. Mom left a legacy of 15 grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her extended family of Margaret and Mack Horie’s daughters Eleanor, Irene, Olive and MaryEllen and her long time friend Claudia Perrin.
Mom’s life was her family. She was the hub that held her family close together. Many wonderful times were enjoyed both at their Cranbrook home and at their summer cabin on Moyie Lake. Mom had an open-door policy and her table always had room for “one more” at dinner time. Every Monday her home had the scent of homemade bread and her butter tarts and cookies were always in the cupboard.
Vera was a long-time member of Rebekah Lodge where she enjoyed special friends and helping out at their bazaars and special events.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Vera may do so to the: Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M9.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to the Joseph Creek Care Village staff.
Feature photo courtesy of Through My Eyes PhotographyTags: Obituary for Vera Mae YeagerThrough My Eyes Photography
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