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Vera  Frances  Oliver
     Vera Frances Oliver, 94, of Gothenburg, died Feb. 13 in Gothenburg. She was born Aug. 26, 1918 in Tryon, daughter of Charles A and Lena Belle (Parkhurst) Daly.
     She grew up in McPherson County and graduated from McPherson County High School in 1934. She taught elementary school in rural McPherson County until her marriage to Chancy A Goodwin in 1936. Vera was married to Chancy Goodwin Sr. from 1936 to his death in 1957. She then was married to Claren Goodwin in 1965 until his death in 1974. She married Harold D Oliver in 1977 and he preceded her in death in 1998.
     She lived in several places including North Platte, Nampa, Idaho; Tacoma, Wash.; and in Gothenburg. While in Gothenburg, Vera worked for Peterson''s Grocery as a department manager. She was a member of the Gothenburg Presbyterian Church where she was ordained as an Elder in 1976. She was involved with many church activities and Lions Club activities.
     She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and the Former Prisoners of War Auxiliary. Vera was busy with many volunteering activities. She was a longtime Meals-On-Wheels volunteer. She enjoyed dancing and playing cards with her friends. Reading, puzzles, gardening and family activities were important to her.
     Surviving are four sons - Stanley (Carmen) Goodwin, Duane (Karen) Oliver, Chancy A Goodwin Jr., Lane Goodwin; five daughters - W Joan (John) Swenson, Thaine (Clifford) Freese, Kimberly (Ken) Crisman, Sandra Downs, Carmen (Stanley) Goodwin; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
     Vera was preceded in death by her three husbands; her parents; son, Charles Goodwin; daughter, Y. Jean Keahey; three brothers and two sisters.
     Memorials may be given to the Helping Hands in Gothenburg, First Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels.
     Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg with Rev. Matt Coplen officiating. Interment followed at the North Platte Cemetery. Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg was in charge of arrangements.
 
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 2/20/2013
 
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