Vera Elizabeth Schmitt, 91, passed away Monday, February 28, 2005, at home in Camas, with her son and daughter by her side. A funeral will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, March 4, 2005 at the Camas Church of the Nazarene, followed by burial in Fern Prairie Cemetery.
Vera was born on December 18, 1913 in Republic, Kansas, to Robert and Nora Sisson. Growing up on a small farm, she and her older brother, Bob, often rode their horse to and from the country school. In 1936, she married Willis Eugene Schmitt, and a year later they were blessed with their daughter, Deanna. The family moved to Camas in 1939. They were blessed with their son, Michael, in 1953.
Vera retired in 1975 after working 28 years in the wax paper and napkin departments at the Camas paper mill, where she made many lifelong friends. She was a longtime member of the Camas Church of the Nazarene, and enjoyed gardening, birds, and crafting gifts for her family.
She was a beautiful woman, both inside and out, who made everyone she met feel loved and cared for.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Eugene Schmitt in 1997. She is survived by her daughter Deanna and her husband Ralph Bradshaw of Camas; one son, Mike and his partner, Rick Low, of San Diego, California; three grandchildren, Linda (Yukio) Matsuura of Camas, Larry Bradshaw of Camas, and Leanna Bradshaw (Patty Watson) of Portland; two great-grandchildren; Matthew Matsuura of Seattle, and Mika Matsuura of Los Angeles; and nephew Bob (Mary) Sisson of Vancouver, and their children and grandchildren. Others close to her included Ron and Betty Thorn of Washougal, Carol and Albert Waddell of Vancouver, and Margaret Bradshaw of Washougal. Memorials may be made to Hospice Southwest:
PO Box 1600
Vancouver, WA 98668.
Brown's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.