Memorial services for Vera Cole, 83, of Lawrence, Kansas, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Vera passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at her home.
Vera was born February 14, 1935, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Chalmer and Gretta Myer Peters.
She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing from Baker University.
She was a Registered Nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for 32 years until she retired 2003. She began her nursing career in 1968. She was also an educator of nursing students at Neosho County Nursing School.
Vera enjoyed life to the fullest. Her life was rich with friends and family. She loved to dance and participated in the Happy Times Square Dancers program. She loved spending time with her friends, listening to music, and danced regularly at the American Legion. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved to dress up and go on adventures with them. Vera loved traveling, seeing all the world had to offer. She loved trying new things including downhill and cross-country skiing later in life. Her greatest passion was scuba diving and sharing the experiences she had in the underwater world.
Her most beloved pastimes were spending time with her grand- and great-grandchildren.
She married Harry R. Cole September 2, 1950 in Clinton, OH. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2005.
Survivors include her two daughters, Sandy (Larry) Poff, Colleen (John) Bockhold; Son, Dan Cole; four grandchildren, Nanette, Matt, Travis, Katy; three great-grandchildren; Memphis, Archer, Oliver; and brother, Joe Peters. She was also preceded in death by her brother Wilbur Peters.
Vera had a strong faith and love of the Lord. She attended Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lawrence, and participated in both the Bell Choir and the Quilters for Lutheran World Relief.
Memorial Contributions may be made in her name to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Disabled Veterans Society Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.